Nemanja Matic confident ahead of West Ham United clash

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

Chelsea, who were not in Europe last season, but won the domestic title by seven points in Conte's first season in charge, have signed four players so far, including striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Morata, who was frequently linked to Manchester United earlier in the year, said he felt "indebted" to new boss Antonio Conte, who he said was his preferred choice of manager.

Chelsea begin the defence of their Premier League title when Burnley visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday and new £70m signing Morata is set to make his top-flight debut for the Blues.

"When you start a new season it's very important to think of ourselves, not to see the others".

He said: "I knew Conte loved me and I had talked to him many times".

"If the club are selling [Nemanja] Matic from under his nose then it's not looking great". Conte clearly wanted his squad in better shape at this stage, especially considering City and United - potentially Chelsea's biggest challengers this season - have been more decisive in the transfer market.

"I didn't notice he wanted to sign me at Chelsea, but when I became aware of his interest I made a decision to move to Chelsea straight away".

"Conte doesn't me to move as a classic centre-forward, he wants more from me".

Cape Town - Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata believes he has been harshly criticised for missing a penalty in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal.

"I think we played everything so we don't lose this game".

Rooney also played in both legs of the Europa League third qualifying round against Slovakian side MFK Ruzomberok. "But for sure we want to try to fight, to fight until the end, to try to retain the title".

The first club to be promoted to the English Premier League was Brighton & Hove Albion after winning against Wigan Athletic on April 17, 2017, at home.

Part of the reason for those lack of goals was he was forced to play a lot deeper at times than he was used to when playing at Juventus.

"I repeat: my only task is to focus on the pitch, what happens on the pitch, during the training session to work with my players".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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