Jamie Carragher has advised reigning Premier League champions Chelsea to stay calm following their shock opening day defeat to Burnley in an interview with Sky Sports.
Despite late goals from new signing Alvaro Morata and David Luiz, the Blues were defeated in their first game of the season as both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas saw red. However, in light of the unexpected defeat, former Liverpool defender has urged the Chelsea squad and management to remain calm following the Blues’ first defeat of the season.
“Chelsea need to do the exact opposite of panicking,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“They’ve lost one game at home – they should be thinking now ‘relax’… They’ve got two games between now and the transfer window shutting. Antonio Conte needs to get two players in – they need strengthening, especially in the wing-back positions.”
In particular, Carragher drew parallels with the start of the 2015-16 campaign when the Blues made an awful start to the season under Jose Mourinho after winning the Premier League title the season before and advised the Blues not to repeat history.
“A couple of seasons ago when they drew with Swansea on the opening day and they had the incident with the club doctor, all of sudden it felt like Chelsea were under pressure. I felt like people were fanning the flames. The story was getting bigger and bigger until Jose Mourinho eventually lost his job,” said Carragher on Sky Sports.
Antonio Conte and his Chelsea squad face Tottenham in their next Premier League fixture as the Blues travel to Wembley to face one of their biggest London rivals.
The Blues face a difficult task against Spurs with key players Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill, and Cesc Fabregas all unavailable for selection on Sunday.