Can Chelsea repeat as Premier League champions?

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The Belgian global gives Chelsea the x-factor and will have a huge role to play if the club are to successfully defend their title this time around.

Tottenham has the most points of any team over the last two Premier League seasons, and many people think this is the year the Spurs can finally break through and win their first title since 1961. Among the promoted sides, I'm thrilled to see Newcastle United back in the big league.

The Blues have brought in Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger, but they have lost Matic and deemed last season's 20-goal top scorer, Diego Costa, to be surplus to requirements.

Compounding the recruitment problem has been the deluge of departures.

The defending Premier League champions have added only four new signings, while the likes of Nemanja Matic, John Terry, Nathan Ake, Juan Cuadrado, Asmir Begovic, and Nathaniel Chalobah have left.

Last year's champion Chelsea dropped the Community Shield Sunday to Arsenal on penalties, after a 1-1 draw.

Antonio Conte with the Premier League trophy.

"The rest of them were actually really good performances and we were unlucky not to get something from a couple of them, but it'll be a really good test for us early in the season".

With the return of Champions League football to Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte will go into what will be a long and tiring season with only 19 first-team players.

Goal difference is the difference between how many goals a team has scored, and how many goals have been scored against them.

It would be foolish to overlook Costa's contributions over the past three season, though it could be argued that he only acted in "full capacity" (either through form or fitness) for half of that period.

A sequence of 1st, 10th, 1st is inexplicable and Blues fans will expect no repeat of their last title defence when Jose Mourinho's side looked disinterested and briefly flirted with the relegation zone.

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The Algeria global has stated his wish to leave the 2015/16 Premier League champions but Wenger insists Arsenal were never looking to land his signature. I think that I could come back to the league some time.

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".

"My idea was to give Bakayoko the right time to adapt in this league behind Matic", he told the Evening Standard. But now after the sale of Matic, we need to try to accelerate this process for Bakayoko after his injury.

Crespo who won the English Premier League title in 2006 during his brief two year stint at Chelsea, Ubelieves the Blues will face difficulty retaining the EPL title this season.

Few title triumphs in recent memory have been as conclusive as Chelsea's in 2016/17, with Conte's men arguably having things wrapped up by Christmas. But the stakes are high; looking at the squad as it stands, Conte has every reason to be anxious.

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