Alvaro Morata needs more time - Antonio Conte

Paul Scholes has praised Man Utd for the signing of Nemanja Matic

Paul Scholes has praised Man Utd for the signing of Nemanja Matic

Chelsea will start the defence of their Premier League title at Stamford Bridge against last season's pleasant surprise, Burnley. I need to understand Conte well, he demands the opposite to what my past coaches asked of me.

Sean Dyches's men, lead by Tom Heaton who was just brilliant between the sticks, were especially successful at their Turf Moor where they've won 33 out of 40 points a year ago so it's obvious that their away record is simply poor - seven points in 19 games so reigning champions should pick up three points at the beginning of the campaign. The striker is an important role.

Morata's position in the starting line-up is even more crucial in the continued absence of out-of-favour compatriot Diego Costa.

With Eden Hazard injured and Diego Costa nearly certainly leaving the club, Michy Batshuayi and Willian stepped up as the Blues' in-form players, scoring 9 goals between the two of them.

One of the main issues is Costa remaining in exile after Conte, who had grown exhausted of the Spain international's attempts to engineer a transfer, told him by text message that he was no longer part of his plans.

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.

But with a return to the Champions League resulting in additional fixtures, the Blues' squad size appears thin.

"I admit it's a very important amount but I have the personality to play with calmness and continue my path", the 24-year-old said. This is my message.

"The situation is clear".

The Arsenal manager suggested Conte could bring back some of the host of players who have been loaned out if he wants a bigger squad.

Conte kept his counsel on Chelsea's transfer business, with the summer window open until August 31. The other teams will try to give 120 per cent against us.

It's something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day, to be an extra hour each day in the training ground.

"It's simple. I think I'm the coach of this team". This must be my focus during this period. "I think the club knows every well what my opinion is and the club is trying to do their best". And then I repeat: "the club is trying to do their best on the transfer market".

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