Why Conte could walk out of Chelsea this season

United Will Start Premier League With A Positive Feeling – Mourinho

Matic played a pivotal part in Chelsea's title success last season as he averaged three defensive actions per game in the Premier League, while he was successful with 88% of the passes that he attempted.

Defeat to Arsenal on penalties in last weekend's Community Shield means nothing when it comes to the league campaign, but it did little to ease the sense that, while their main rivals are all stronger, Chelsea are in danger of being left behind. And having been 1/4 last month to still be in charge on the final day of the campaign, Antonio Conte's odds of remaining in the dugout have drifted to 2/1.

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has backed Morata to do an admirable job leading the line for Chelsea, adding: "Conte will make him work exactly the way he wants. You saw that in the UEFA Super Cup game - he'll fit very well in there", Lampard said. Then again, Conte would want to make an impression in the Champions League and it's going to be interesting to see how he juggles between the two competitions.

"We have Cesc Fabregas and we are trying to find another midfielder". However, after telling Costa that his future lies away from the club and record signing Alvaro Morata adjusting to his new surroundings, Conte may be forced to rely on Batshuayi more than ever.

Jose Mourinho says the weight of expectation on Manchester United is hampering their bid to reclaim a place at the top of European football - but insists he will get them there soon. With Matic arriving, Paul Pogba could have a freer role which lets him express better than he did last season.

The German could well be handed a Premier League debut on Saturday if Conte's training session on Thursday is anything to go by. Chelsea have also conceded in seven of their last ten games, so you could see both teams get on the scoresheet, especially with our defence looking frail in pre-season. I'm very excited about him.

Manchester City have spent almost £200million on new players this summer and Jenas believes they must be considered title favourites, although he insists it is the Champions League that boss Pep Guardiola really covets. I think Everton will be sixth or seventh, and the rest we know.

Neville feels that the sale of Matic to United could end up costing Chelsea in their quest to retain the title.

Pressed recently on whether his side will find it hard to defend their title without further additions, Conte told Sky Sports: "Yes, for sure".

"It won't be easy to repeat an wonderful season like past year", he said.

Glass half empty: While City have undoubtedly gone out and bought some quality players it will take them some time to gel.

"Then I became a starter at Schalke, played my first worldwide game and also took part in the European Championships".

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