English Premiership

Conte frustrated after defeat to Arsenal

Antonio Conte (Getty Images)
Antonio Conte (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was disappointed to have another player sent off in a cup game against Arsenal, after losing the Community Shield on penalties.

The Blues lost the FA Cup final against the Gunners last season after Victor Moses was sent off, and were second-best once again on Sunday when they were beaten 4-1 on penalties after Pedro saw red for a tackle from behind on Mohamed Elneny.

Conte admitted his frustration with the game, which also saw a penalty shout from Willian turned down when referee Bobby Madley adjudged the Brazilian to have dived.

"For sure, there is disappointment to finish for the second time with 10 men against Arsenal," Conte said, as quoted by Sky Sports. "Before the FA Cup, and now the Community Shield.

"I did not see the images [for the Pedro red card] and I did not see the yellow card for Willian. A lot of people told me the penalty was clear, so for sure there is a bit of frustration.

"We have to respect the refereeing decision but sometimes this decision makes you a bit angry.

"(Madley) tried to explain to me about his decision but there was no time because I also wanted to ask him why there wasn't a penalty and the yellow card for Willian. But then we would have spoken until 9 o'clock."

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