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. Jose [Mourinho] will feel exactly the same at Manchester United.
The Reds did well to finish in the top four last season, but this time, Jurgen Klopp will be under pressure to put up a sustained title challenge. While the Citizens finished in the UEFA Champions League places, Guardiola's first year in charge was a disappointment.
Star Bet: Title favourites, and arguably the most attractive team to watch on paper, City have strengthened across the board and have added quality to an already stacked squad. Also, following Manchester United's example in man-marking Hazard would definitely help Manchester City in securing a victory.
Over the last decade, Chelsea have seemed to lost the ruthlessness in the transfer window it showcased during Roman Abramovich's early years at the club. They have be stronger and the squad needs freshening up, which has started to happen and I think will continue to happen. New signings Danilo (RB), Ederson (GK), Benjamin Mendy (LB), and Kyle Walker (RB) all play in the back, while Bernardo Silva is a winger.
New midfield signing Tiemoue Bakayoko - Nemanja Matic's replacement - is nursing a knee injury and won't be rushed back by Conte.
Meanwhile, outside of the first choice XI, Chelsea are also desperately short on players considering the extra fixtures that the Champions League presents.
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"They need to get another two or three players I think to have a chance of retaining that title".
They also fell to defeat on penalties against the Gunners in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday. These players need to step up this year.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues have made an opening offer of £25 million for the England worldwide, who only has a year left on his contract at the Emirates stadium. There are other questions as well, with the next three weeks a pivotal time. "It's a pleasure for me to see this every single day".
If you are looking for a list of completed transfers so far in the summer, check the soccernews.com/soccer-transfers page for up-to-date deals.
First five games: Brighton & Hove Albion (A), Everton (H), Bournemouth (A), Liverpool (H), Watford (A). They replace Hull City, Middlesborough, and Sunderland.