Conte wants more players

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But Conte, angered by Chelsea's failure to land top targets Romelu Lukaku and Alex Sandro, has made it clear he expected more.

Neville said it was "strange" for a manager to speak so favourably of a player that was sold to a direct rival.

Chelsea look short of players who can make an impact coming off the bench.

Speaking about the move, Scholes believes Matic will be a hit.

So much for building from a position of strength.

"There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a odd move". The last time we went into a new campaign as champions, all did not go to plan, but Antonio Conte will be hoping for a better beginning this time around. He did work briefly for Sky Sports as a pundit last season. The over 2.5 goals is the better bet since Chelsea should win 3-0 or 4-0 in my opinion.

"He wasn't able to recover from this injury". The absence of Hazard will hurt the team more, as after Costa's expulsion from the team, the responsibility of leading the attack has fallen squarely on the shoulders of the Belgian trickster.

While Manchester City spent combined total of £1,427,030,000 on six players, Manchester United acquired three players worth £1,157,950,000.

The wait is finally over, Chelsea face Burnley at 3pm on Saturday in the curtain raiser of our title defence.

"He is starting to understand what I want from him during games", Conte said. However, we will be without Bakayoko, Hazard and Moses, and our performance against Arsenal in the Community Shield was less than convincing.

Another of Chelsea's new signing, Bakayoko, arrived from AS Monaco after a long drawn transfer process.

"He's very good at winning the ball back and moving the ball very well".

"This has happened before to Arsenal - think of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas".

"United were crying out for a central midfielder with the qualities of Nemanja Matic". The Spurs cannot afford to flame out of the cup competitions early, as they did last season.

Conte has, however, been left frustrated by an apparent reluctance to build on that success. "And I think we're going to reach that level as a football team in the next couple of years".

Aware Chelsea benefited from the extra recovery time afforded by their lack of European commitments last season, Conte wants to add depth to his squad for a twin assault on the league and Champions League.

Wayne Rooney will make his first league start for Everton since returning to Goodison Park from Manchester United, but it will be his third competitive appearance in his second spell with his boyhood club.

Conte was referring to Chelsea's implosion under Jose Mourinho during the 2015-16 season when the Portuguese was sacked before the halfway point as the team failed to defend its title.