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Record Chelsea signing Morata not ready to start opener: Conte

12 Agosto 2017, 04:14 | Cornelio Vivanco

Record Chelsea signing Morata not ready to start opener: Conte

Record Chelsea signing Morata not ready to start opener: Conte

"But if you look at the number of players on loan, they can call a few back". Continuity, once Conte had established his 3-4-3 formation, was a strength.

Conte's future was also shrouded in doubt after rumoured friction over Chelsea's transfer activity.

"My state of mind is clear. I'm trying, no, I'm doing my best every day". With new signing Alvaro Morata still working on his match fitness and Diego Costa - who is now at the centre of a legal process with the club - out of favour ahead of a likely exit, it leaves Conte badly short of attacking options at the start of his side's title defence.

Just one of the previous 25 reigning Premier League champions have lost their opening game in the following season - Leicester City v Hull City in 2016 (W20 D4 L1). I know he was at Juventus but I don't think he was ever completely their No. 1 striker, slightly in and out at different times.

Costa responded by leaking the text to the media, while his lawyer threatened legal action against Chelsea, who have so far failed to find a buyer for their disgruntled star.

One of the most compelling arguments against the rumours of Eden Hazard transferring to Real Madrid was how he would react to the atmosphere at Bernabeu.

Former England captain turned pundit Alan Shearer, meanwhile, said there was "something brewing which isn't nice" at Stamford Bridge.

The manager has plenty of that in his own skills set, but he can only do some much from his technical area.He will be looking for generals on the pitch and men who can marshall the club through Europe, as well as in domestic battles.

Another notable absentee, at least in the dressing room, is John Terry.

"There are a lot of variables that aren't easy but from the outside, it does seem strange to let that player go to a direct rival - and he will improve them".

Hazard will ask for a transfer, but will be talked into waiting until next summer to make his move to Real Madrid.

"It is the price that must be paid for such a large transfer".

The team struggles to adjust, flames out of the Champions League early and struggles to finish in the top four after a shaky start.

"For sure we want to avoid the Mourinho season", said Conte, although that really would be the worst-case scenario.

The Chelsea boss has regularly indicated that he needs to have more players in order to compete on all fronts this season and was not happy with the way Nemanja Matic was sold to Manchester United. "It is important to try to improve your quality because if you improve your quality and you improve, it is simple", he said.

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