Matic was sold to Manchester United for a £40m fee and the Serb will undoubtedly strengthen the spine of Jose Mourinho's side as they bid to contend for the Premier League title. The Clarets were unable to keep hold of star players Michael Keane and Andre Gray, but at least secured very good deals for the two, before spending some of the cash on Jonathan Walters, Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley. "One word I would describe him as is "intense", Cahill told talkSPORT when asked about Conte's situation.
"When a player leaves a club, you do not normally see a manager speak so glowingly about them", the former England global told Sky Sports. Chelsea have the best opening day record during the Premier League era, picking up no less than 54 points as the top flight enters its 25th season.
Nemanja Matic moved to United from Chelsea last week and, ahead of United's Super Cup clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday night, Scholes has delivered his take on the acquisition of the Serbia worldwide. Tiemoue Bakayoko's work in Ligue 1 was highly touted and many observers predict he could be a similar force to N'Golo Kante, while Willy Caballero adds another option between the posts. The Nigerian has a suspension carried over from the FA Cup final, though Pedro escaped a ban after his red card in the Community Shield.
Liverpool have brought in speedy Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma and Scotland full back Andy Robertson from Hull but have not made the kind of acquisitions that would transform their chances of a first title in the Premier League era. Long linked with a return to Chelsea, it was United who swooped to sign him for an initial £75million and they hope he can fill the voids left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rooney. A regular at England's youth levels, Southgate is a known admirer and a regular run in the Watford team could lead to a senior call-up for the 22-year-old midfielder.
Arsenal fans will have to juggle their diaries this season to accommodate Thursday night Europa League football after seeing their side drop out of the top four - and miss out on Champions League qualification - for the first time this millennium.
"But I can't see them winning the Champions League or the Premier League, with or without Coutinho". He will take time to settle.