Chelsea: Five Blues loanees ready to take on the Premier League

Chelsea begin the defence of their Premier League title when Burnley visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday and new £70m signing Morata is set to make his top-flight debut for the Blues.

This conclusion can be made, judging by the results of the team at the pre-season fees, as well as looking at the list of injured players.

"Morata has improved a lot in the last 10 days".

Tottenham - It looks like a mistake that it hasn't strengthened its squad, though perhaps it still will before the season kicks off. Spurs had a terrific campaign last season and had it been any other season they would have won it. They have weakened their own team and strengthened Manchester United, who now have a better chance of winning the Premier League than Chelsea.

Lampard, who scored 147 times for the Blues in the top flight, feels Conte is the best possible man in charge of the club where he spent 13 hugely successful seasons.

There is still the lingering issue of just where Costa will be going.

Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata says the critics are already killing him despite the limited amount matches he's played since arriving from Real Madrid.

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With the likes of second choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Antony Rudiger and defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko would have boosted the Chelsea squad to a large extent.

However, the failure to secure reported transfer targets such as Romelu Lukaku and Leonardo Bonucci, Diego Costa's pariah status and the departure of Nemanja Matic to the benefit of Manchester United all appear to have irked the former Juventus boss. Chelsea desperately lack strength in depth to successfully compete on four fronts and nobody was surprised to see them lose the Community Shield match to Arsenal. "I'll play in different positions and in different systems of play", he said.

"I think we must have the right experience to face this type of situation, above all in the last three official games we have ended twice with ten men against Arsenal, and today with nine".

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Burnley actually had the ball in the back of the Chelsea net in the 19th minute when Vokes headed home from close range, but the goal was disallowed, much to the relief of the home side's supporters.

There was to be no further late drama, though, as the Clarets held out for a brilliant - and fully deserved - opening day win.

Conte's side need one more win to make it 300 Saturday victories.

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