Antonio Conte pleads for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata to be given time

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Chelsea were heavily linked with Romelu Lukaku before he joined Manchester United, who also took Nemanja Matic from Stamford Bridge for £40million, while the Blues have so far failed to prise Alex Sandro away from Juventus. Unfortunately, the two superstars already on the club's books - Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil - only have a year left to run on their contracts and seem ready to leave for greener pastures. The Spain striker is even likely to start on the bench against Burnley, with Michy Batshuayi starting.

Conte has spent over £100 million ($130 million, 110.8 million euros) on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger to avoid becoming the third axed champion. The reason why they were comfortable enough with a small squad was the lack of European football and it will interesting to see how Antonio Conte deals with the problem now he is fighting on two fronts.

Their commitment is incredible and I think also better than last season. They've gone down a certain route with strength in their team and they are potential winners.

The visitors have made five new additions this summer, with at least three of those expected to make their debuts on Saturday - Jack Cork, Charlie Taylor and Jon Walters.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had an answer, pointing to Chelsea sending numerous players out on loan, but Conte insisted: "I'm not looking for sympathy of any coaches for this situation".

Chelsea's decision to sell Matic to a direct Premier League rival has raised some eyebrows, with the defensive midfielder having played a key role in helping the Blues win the Premier League title last term.

Will Guardiola and Mourinho rediscover their magic? "For this reason I am telling you we are working very hard to try and improve our team". Man United as well.

The Premier League legend said on BBC Sport: "Chelsea I do sense, there is something brewing there, which isn't nice".

The striker managed 15 minutes from the bench near the end of the game, followed by a miss from the penalty spot as Arsenal ran out winners and Morata was criticised in some quarters. That's because managers Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp are betting on the continued improvement of young stars like Dele Alli and Philippe Coutinho (if Barcelona don't grab him first). These surprises and the subsequent dropping of vital points against the lesser clubs cost the established sides.

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