Liverpool legend doubts their Premier League title credentials

"If he didn't want him to go and he has been sold then it is a problem", former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton said.

"Honestly, I am pleased with the squad because we are working very well with the players, the commitment is incredible, better than last season", he said.

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"It wasn't the fact they lost yesterday to Arsenal because at times I thought there was some very good football from Chelsea". "At the moment I have 33 players and it's very hard to manage such a high number on a daily basis", he added, hinting that squad players - nearly certain to include Lucas Pérez, Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers - will have to be moved on before further incoming movement occurs. I'm sure he will be thinking even harder this season because of a year ago.

The reasons are diverse but majority agree that the impact of playing in Europe coupled with what has been a rather disappointing transfer market will not allow Antonio Conte's men to keep their top spot.

As Conte's contract negotiations rumbled on and Inter Milan began to circle, reports emerged suggesting he might quit after just one season in frustration at Chelsea's failure to land his top transfer targets.

"I was surprised to see him move to United and maybe there is more to this deal that we realise", Lampard told Yahoo Sport.

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"Rest is going to be important because we're going to have a lot of games, and we players are in control of the way we prepare ourselves".

"But I understand people's fears". Many expected Burnley to recruit few more quality footballers, but it appears that manager Sean Dyche doesn't want to upset the balance of the squad as he rather opted for three seasoned Premier League footballers who should play important roles this season. "Bakayoko is a good signing for us".

" I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league".

For next summer United are reportedly keen to visit the Far East, where they have a huge fanbase, but Mourinho is said to prefer another trip to the US. "They're a bit like Real Madrid in that I don't think they value the manager like other clubs do".

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Conte has repeatedly stated Chelsea's need to improve their squad depth in the final weeks of the summer transfer window, and Lampard remains confident that the Premier League champions will get the players they need to compete on four fronts this season.

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