Chelsea's Premier League Title Defence Starts Against Burnley

Isaac Cain
August 13, 2017

The Spain global moved to the Blues for a reported initial fee of £58m in July and made his debut on Sunday, playing only 15 minutes before his penalty miss in the 4-1 shootout defeat. It depends, Conte said, on their ability to deal with consistent pressure, the kind their manager seems to put naturally upon himself. With this game being the first of the 2017/18 campaign, tomorrow is an obvious opportunity for either side to lay down the foundations for what they hope will be an even better season to build on the achievements they both enjoyed last term.

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

Wenger cleverly set his own team up in the 3-4-3 formation against Chelsea, thus crowding the middle of the park, to make it hard for the Blues to play their swift attacking game.

"You look at Manchester City and it's a lot of change there - change for the better I'm sure, but will it all come together this year?" I wasn't fresh and I couldn't train well.

"My state of mind is clear, and at the moment I signed a new contract, and then I made a decision to stay, to work for this club, and then to try and give every day 120% in the work for my club."For my players, yeah, then, the situation is very clear and I'm happy to do this job, and I'm trying..." I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players.

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Conte was an interested spectator the last time Chelsea landed the English top-flight crown in 2014-15, with a forgettable defence leading to the departure of Jose Mourinho.

The striker admits it has been challenging to adapt to the manager's demands which, he says, are different to those of any coach he has worked with in the past.

"A striker is a really important role and it is very important to understand which is the position I want during the game". We must have the right experience to face this situation.

"I think the top four will be Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal".

When asked about the difference, Wenger said on Thursday: 'I have sympathy for him. "In a way, I felt indebted to him because he signed me for Juve and then had to go". Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League a year ago. Tiemoue Bakayoko's work in Ligue 1 was highly touted and many observers predict he could be a similar force to N'Golo Kante, while Willy Caballero adds another option between the posts. "I think the situation is clear". If it had been for my team-mates, I would have stayed. I want to win. "I'm at the best place to do that".

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