I don't want sympathy over Blues' lack of depth, maintains Conte

Champions Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence, having two men sent off as Burnley claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge.

"It won't be easy to repeat an awesome season like past year", he said.

"Morata has improved a lot in the last 10 days. This season, at this moment, I agree with people who think this". Conte clearly wanted his squad in better shape at this stage, especially considering City and United - potentially Chelsea's biggest challengers this season - have been more decisive in the transfer market.

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

Chelsea have sold midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and Diego Costa is also poised to leave. This has seemed to some what disrupt the camp as Chelsea lost two of their three pre-season games as well as the defeat on penalties to the Gunners on Sunday at Wembley.

"You might as well play them early, you might catch them by surprise, you never know", Mee told British media. Burnley boss Dyche, meanwhile, could turn to Jack Cork, Jonathan Walters and Phil Bardsley, all of whom are recent arrivals.

The 24-year-old club-record signing scored 20 goals for Real Madrid last term in all competitions, despite being used mainly as a substitute, and also won La Liga and the Champions League. "The other teams will try to put 120 per cent in against us so we have to pay great attention in every game". Tiemoue Bakayoko was probably the only new recruit who was Conte's first choice, as the same can not be said for Alvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger, who are clearly players with plenty of potential, but will struggle to live up to their hefty price tags.

By the beginning of the season Chelsea football club is clearly not in optimal condition. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady can play on either flank, Walters will challenge Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes for the lone roll up front.

Chelsea had one more opportunity to complete a famous comeback following a scramble in Burnley's box in extra time but the Clarets stood firm and held on for an impressive 3-2 win.

Loftus-Cheek has made the move across London to join Frank de Boer's Crystal Palace.

Chelsea managed an incredible thirty wins during their title win in Antonio Conte's debut season including a 3-0 home victory over tomorrow's opposition. "I have always answered this question, not only once but twice, three times".

"It's simple. I think I'm the coach of this team". Now I have to adapt to a new team with an Italian coach who's very tactical.

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