Can Chelsea boss Antonio Conte become a double Premier League title winner?

Antonio Conte

GETTYStan Collymore believes Antonio Conte's Chelsea will win successive Premier League titles

The arrival of Nemanja Matic will bolster the midfield, but goals were the problem for United past year and much rests on Romelu Lukaku who cost £76 million. I detect problems but we must wait until the end of the window.

Chelsea won the English top-flight title in emphatic style in Conte's first season in charge but the Italian is expecting the new season to be very hard with their title rivals bringing in marquee signings.

Liverpool finished in fourth place last season and manager Jurgen Klopp has brought in Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, Domimic Solanke and Scottish defender Andy Robertson to improve his squad.

There is also the possibility of Conte fielding both Batshuayi and Morata in the starting line-up like he did during the pre-season match against Inter. That creates a glaring hole at the front of the 3-4-3 that forces Conte to change systems.

Chelsea will have to make do without their best player Eden Hazard and new signing Timoue Bakayoko for the start of the season as the duo recover from their respective injuries. Diego Costa is Diego Costa - he scores goals. Considering the fact that he is approaching his peak years, he decided against remaining with the Londoners, and jumped at the chance to sign for Mourinho again - albeit for United this time.

Jose Mourinho has also reunited with Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic at Old Trafford after luring the Serbia star from the Premier League champions. And for us it's important because it can be very offensive this formation.

But Conte hinted he was ready to unleash the Spaniard from the start against the Clarets. Given new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko remains injured, it leaves Chelsea with just two central midfielders as the new season begins this weekend.

Arsenal are probably in a position right now where there is more hope in the future.

Having failed to make the breakthrough at Chelsea, Ake has to justify a whopping £20million price tag after moving to ambitious Bournemouth. This is especially prominent with Conte's lack of options at centre midfield. "If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid". Crucially, for now, Tottenham has kept hold of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, who combined for 47 league goals last season. That will not happen this season unless there is sufficient quality and quantity for Conte to call upon. It takes into account form, who your team still has left to play, and how well a team has done in previous seasons. "We know what a fantastic team they've got, but we should be confident".

But as they prepare to kick off their title defence against Burnley at Stamford Bridge, things feel a little different at Chelsea. The 24 names that featured for the Blues included the exiled Costa and departing Loic Remy, as well as academy youngsters Andreas Christensen, Charly Musonda Jr., Jeremie Boga and Fikayo Tomori, who can list one Premier League appearance between them.

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