Critics are killing me in England - Morata


Amid the Italian's reported frustration with Chelsea's performance in the transfer market, Wenger claimed he appreciates his counterpart's situation at Stamford Bridge, but does not feel sorry for him. He is backing Manchester United to win the Premier League.

For the best part of the match, Nemanja Matic was stifling Real Madrid and doing his best to offer support to players going upfront.

Chelsea begin their 2017-18 campaign at home to Burnley on Saturday having stormed to glory in Conte's debut season in England's top flight.

"They've (Chelsea) lost players - Costa seemingly and Nemanja Matic, an important player - and now they've got to fight for the Champions League as well as the Premier League", Lampard said.

His overwhelmingly positive performance in Skopje stands as a glowing example of everything that Chelsea will miss during their Premier League title defence they are given 7/2 betting odds to emerge victorious from and, arguably, of everything that was undervalued during the Serbian's time at Stamford Bridge.

One of the reasons for Conte playing down expectations on Chelsea is the size of his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

I need to understand Conte well, he demands the opposite to what my past coaches asked of me.

"I want to score them, but a player can be remembered for other things in the game".

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The Clarets' squad remained pretty much the same as a year ago - they've sold just two players, Michael Keane to Everton and Andre Gray to Watford (and earned €50m), while Jack Cork from Swansea and Jonathan Walters from Stoke City signed for Burnley.

With Bakayoko (so Fabregas and Kante are the only two midfielders in Chelsea squad) and Hazard injured and with two quality, but inexperienced forwards (yes, Morata is 25 years old and he did play for Real Madrid and Juventus, but he was super sub more than the first choice striker in both clubs) there is opinion that Chelsea is weaker than last year so it's no wonder that Conte is so displeased with the board. My idea was to give Bakayoko the right time to adapt in this league behind Matic.

"It was a big deal when Chelsea sold Petr Cech to Arsenal".

Antonio Conte did warn that Chelsea must bring more players to have a fighting chance in the forthcoming season and Roman Abramovich should be very much aware that he risks losing his manager if he fails to deliver.

"I know now twice as many people look at me".

Chelsea have signed just four players - Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero - in a hard summer transfer window, but Conte says that he and the club's hierarchy remain on the same page when it comes to player recruitment.

"Some players have different styles but that won't affect the way that we go about our business".