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Antonio Conte Reveals Why Alvaro Morata Is Yet To Start For Chelsea

13 August 2017, 04:38 | Jodi Jackson

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It was the same last season for Chelsea; no one believed we could win the title. But do I feel sorry for Chelsea as they don't have enough problems? Key to their success was a 13-game winning streak that stretched from October to January.

Tony Pulis celebrated signing an extended contract in the best possible fashion as West Brom began the new Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at The Hawthorns.

Everton - Ronald Koeman has done a fantastic job and the signing of Wayne Rooney is magical for the player and the club.

"My message is I am not looking for sympathy from other coaches". He had a tough game to handle and he did well overall. We want to be competitive and we want to fight for the title again.

Frank Lampard spoke exclusively to ESPN FC.

Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at a news conference on Friday ahead of Chelsea's opening Premier League match, against Burnley.

Rooney also played in both legs of the Europa League third qualifying round against Slovakian side MFK Ruzomberok.

"The investment of all the top teams is changing the landscape and it's not just that - the quality of the league as a whole has improved". Antonio Conte's men will need to bounce back immediately from last Sunday's disappointing penalty-shootout defeat against Arsenal in the Community Shield however, against a Burnley side who showed impressive resilience under Sean Dyche last season.

'But they have a superb manager in charge.


Meanwhile, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez are the subject of interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, but their clubs say they will not be sold.

"Honestly, I am pleased with the squad because we are working very well with the players, the commitment is incredible, better than last season", he said. I think he will score a lot of goals, I really do'. The choice of wording is something we all analyse a lot and I do understand what he's saying. Me, I have to start to study a new formation with ten or nine players.

"It's a hard year to call", he admitted.

Conte referenced the last time Chelsea defended the league title. "But you know very well that there are surprises".

Conte was proud of the second-half effort, but acknowledged Chelsea lost their heads after Cahill saw red, a period in which Fabregas got his first booking for sarcastically applauding referee Craig Pawson, who came under pressure from the home players and supporters.

"I repeat: it is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way. I know now twice as many people will be watching me". I'm sure they'll be challenging. I left because I want to succeed in football, to do great things. They've gone down a certain route with strength in their team and they are potential winners.

Going into Saturday's home match against Burnley, it could even be argued that Chelsea is beginning the season in a weaker position despite a summer outlay of around 140 million pounds ($180 million).

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent. "It was maybe a little bit of my heart and a little bit of my head to pick Chelsea".



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