Lampard Blames Chelsea For Selling Matic, Wants Conte To Buy More Players

Antonio Conte acknowledges this season will be tough
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Antonio Conte acknowledges this season will be tough Credit GETTY IMAGES

Conte steered the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season, but has stated he expects the next campaign to be the most hard of his coaching career after reportedly growing frustrated by the club's summer transfer activity. For sure there is a bit of frustration, but you know very well we have to respect referees decisions.

"Now for us it is very important to try to improve our squad from the numerical aspect", he said. Chelsea and Arsenal have had a great rivalry over the years, and after a long sequence of bad results against the Blues, Arsenal finally came good and destroyed our rivals 3-0 at the Emirates in the first meeting last season.

Given that Chelsea became the first team ever to win 30 games in a Premier League season, it might seem odd that there is so little faith in them to maintain their form. "You want to fight until the end for the title, but it won't be easy". "Six teams are very strong and you must be prepared".

While they may have recruited Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, with John Terry, Nemanja Matic and Nathaniel Chalobah leaving the club and Diego Costa all but exiled, that's only papered over the cracks.

Not much has gone right for Antonio Conte and the Blues since their title win last season.

Chelsea are targeting the signings of Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain and Virgil van Dijk from Southampton this summer, according to reports in the British media.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all spent big this summer as they try to close the gap on the Stamford Bridge outfit and Conte knows Chelsea must buy if they "want to be competitive" this term.

"Morata is a really good player who can compete with every striker", Conte said. "Sometimes you must accept that this insane transfer market and you must accept different decisions".

The 11-cap Danish worldwide, 21, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach where he racked up 81 first-team appearances.

Chelsea look to have missed out on signing Alex Sandro in what is yet another blow to Antonio Conte's summer transfer plans.

While Costa's lack of discipline on and off the pitch was frustrating for both Conte and Mourinho, he was central to Chelsea's title victories in 2015 and 2017 and scored 52 goals in 89 league appearances in his three years in London.

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