Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Conte ready to defend title with 'thin' squad

Conte ready to defend title with 'thin' squad

He said: "I admit it [his fee] is a very important amount, but I have personality to play quietly and go my way".

Sanchez is now out with an abdominal injury, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, while Coutinho has missed training sessions this week with a reported back injury and could be unavailable against Watford on Saturday.

Conte has said it was decided in January, with Costa and his agent, Jorge Mendes, that the Brazil-born Spain worldwide signed from Atletico Madrid in July 2014 would leave Stamford Bridge this summer. "They've had an outflux, a lot of players have gone but majority were squad players and young players who probably won't affect the first XI that much".

Burnley are hoping to capitalise on early-season uncertainty as they bid to emerge from a visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday with a surprise win over Premier League champions Chelsea, the Lancashire club's defender Ben Mee has said.

The title will be decided between Manchester United and Manchester City.

"Matic knows very well what I think about him", he said.

Pedro's absence and Chelsea's general shortage of options could force Conte to start Morata alongside Michy Batshuayi against Burnley, though he admitted the Spain worldwide is still some way off being fully adapted to his tactical demands.

Chelsea will begin the season without two players integral to their Premier League winning squad of 2017 - Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa. Of course, the battle for the title is always against five or six teams, but Premier League is a very hard championship because you can not predict any result.

"The way I think about Costa is the same", he said on the Premier League launch show.

"The situation is clear and I stop".

He said: "I think I had to leave Madrid".

The Serbian's Premier League experience could prove to be a world's difference as Blues wait for the summer arrival Bakayoko to hit the ground running. Me and the other players are here to give all the support to our new players, for they can earn at Chelsea what they have been doing in their previous clubs. What happens in the transfer market, the club is trying to do their best. But for sure he needs time to understand, to adapt to our style of football, above all for a striker. "I had talked to him many times".

"At the start of this season it's simple to tell that in this league there are six top teams who should be fighting for the title".

Fellow summer signing Rudiger is available and could make his debut on the right of a back three, with Cesar Azpilicueta shifting to wing-back in order to fill in for the suspended Victor Moses. "But you know very well that there are surprises".

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