Conte frustrated as Chelsea launches title defence in EPL

Antonio Conte Has turned Chelsea into winners

The Chelsea legend believes that this is where Chelsea fall short of their competitors. The 29-year-old midfielder added instant composure and elegance, but also strength and stability both in defence and in attack.

Nemanja Matic has gone and Diego Costa seems to be going - it's true that good players are coming [in] but not these kind of players.

Chelsea begin their 2017-18 campaign at home to Burnley on Saturday having stormed to glory in Conte's debut season in England's top flight.

The importance for me about this player, as I repeat he's a really good player, he's a really strong player, very important for our team.

Kurt Zouma, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kasey Palmer, Izzy Brown and Tammy Abraham are among the Blues' youngsters who will play elsewhere in the Premier League this season, while Marco van Ginkel and Mario Pasalic have been temporarily sent elsewhere in Europe.

One of the reasons for Conte playing down expectations on Chelsea is the size of his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

Morata on Friday told Marca "they're already killing me" over scrutiny of his two pre-season games and his 15-minute cameo at Wembley, when he missed a penalty in the shootout.

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"He's starting to understand what I want about him during the game". United and City will be a tougher prospect now Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have something close to their ideal squads. I detect problems but we must wait until the end of the window.

They did fork out a significant amount of money to sign AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko who, from the current standpoint, remains nothing more than a more attractive name than Matic. My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team.

The Russian businessman and Chelsea owner is in the middle of a divorce and most certainly have more important things to think about than football, but his project could very well lose a leading figure unless anything changes until 31 August.

It is something Conte has bemoaned, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had an answer, pointing to Chelsea sending numerous players out on loan.

Costa is now training alone in Brazil having been told by Blues boss Antonio Conte that he was no longer needed in west London. If you see Conte, you understand he is not happy.

Chelsea's record signing Alvaro Morata is unlikely to start the champions' Premier League opener against Burnley because he has not adjusted to their style, Blues manager Antonio Conte says.

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