Conte, Cahill Regret Sale Of Matic To Manchester United


"The first season we came second and got to the Champions League semifinal, and I knew I needed to come back and win with Chelsea".

'You have to take it to your heart and make sure people around you train to the level you expect and then perform.

Costa has remained adamant about joining the Spanish giants so far, but Mirabelli revealed that the Chelsea striker is still on AC Milan's radar.

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"I am not happy", said Benitez, a Champions League victor with Liverpool, "but at the same time for me it's a challenge".

David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, have all struggled to get United to perform in the same cavalier spirit as the legendary Scot, and while it goes without saying that they still look someway off the title-winning side of 2012/13, never mind that of 1998/99, United have undoubtedly made progress under the Portuguese coach. It seems that he was not a player the boss wanted to let go.

However, Chelsea have sent a quality midfielder to a direct rival.

"Maybe he has the opposite problem [to Arsenal] but if you look at the number of players that are out on loan, they can call a few back", he told Sky Sports News. It's a fair comment to say that out loud because we're all talking about how the second season is more hard than the first.

Conte has been reportedly frustrated agitating for more new players in his squad despite allowing seven first team players leave the club and spending £130m this summer on Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata and Willy Caballero.

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"It's very important to try to find the right solution, to try to improve the squad", Conte said this week at the Premier League launch.

Guardiola will hope goalkeeper Ederson, acquired from Benfica for £34.9 million, is less error prone than Claudio Bravo, whose dismal season was a major factor in City's failed title challenge.

"He brings aggression to United's midfield which is something I think they have been lacking. He's working very well and starting to understand or idea of football".

Conte referenced the last time Chelsea defended the league title.

'I think I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he's playing just in front of you - on and off the ball.

"He seemed like he wanted to leave a year ago at times, although he was very influential and played very well", he said of Costa.

While there has been a lot of discussion regarding how the Blues will start the season, I believe we will see a largely unchanged lineup to the XI that played in the Community Shield against Arsenal last weekend.