Antonio Conte 'not looking for sympathy' over size of Chelsea squad

Morata told Marca yesterday "they're already killing me" over scrutiny of his two pre-season games and his 15-minute cameo at Wembley, where he missed a penalty in the shoot-out. The 29-year-old midfielder added instant composure and elegance, but also strength and stability both in defence and in attack.

However, the failure to secure reported transfer targets such as Romelu Lukaku and Leonardo Bonucci, Diego Costa's pariah status and the departure of Nemanja Matic to the benefit of Manchester United all appear to have irked the former Juventus boss.

The Premier League champions' campaign opens against Burnley at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The importance for me about this player, as I repeat he's a really good player, he's a really strong player, very important for our team.

Antonio Conte has warned that Chelsea must bring in more players to have any chance of successfully defending their Premier League title.

"Actually, at first, I did not know that I was so interested in signing myself, but when I found out, I did not hesitate and it was my preference".

Was Conte ever likely to return to Italy this summer?

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The yeild on the benchmark 10-year Treasury yields fell as low as 2.197 percent overnight, their lowest level since June 28. After touching a more than two-month high at US$1,291.86, spot gold last added 0.2 per cent to US$1,288.81 an ounce.

"Matic knows very well what I think about him", he said. United and City will be a tougher prospect now Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have something close to their ideal squads.

"And sometimes you must accept different decisions.

But Chelsea have signed Bakayoko, who made a great season at Monaco, to reinforce our team". "They've had an outflux, a lot of players have gone but majority were squad players and young players who probably won't affect the first XI that much". My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team.

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

It is something Conte has bemoaned, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had an answer, pointing to Chelsea sending numerous players out on loan. Antonio Conte is not the most loyal tactician in football but he is definitely a person who takes good care of himself.

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. For example, in Juve I did not score any more than 20 goals, and I won all the titles except the Champions League final.

Lampard sees replacing Diego Costa's goals as the main problem that Conte will face this year.

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