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Paul Scholes questions Chelsea's sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester Utd

11 Août 2017

FRANK LAMPARD believes Chelsea face a massive challenge to retain their Premier League title without the "irreplaceable" John Terry but says, in Antonio Conte, they have the flawless manager to keep them at the top.

"I don't think the club wanted to let Diego Costa go necessarily, because you can't get Diego Costas on every street corner".

But after the final whistle at the Philip II Stadium, Adedeji's spirits were lifted when United manager Mourinho made his way over to his place in the stands, handing him his runners-up medal.

We have already seen United's new boys start to gel for their new club in their tour of America and pre-season friendlies.

"Obviously with the money being spent, with all the managers, with Manchester City being stronger again, I'm really looking forward to this season, probably more than any Premier League season".

Fans will get their first glimpse of how one of the contenders will fare when Arsenal, fresh from their Community Shield victory over Chelsea, face Leicester in the season opener at the Emirates Stadium.

Matic is one of three signings that United have made so far this summer, with defender Victor Lindelof having joined from Benfica, while striker Romelu Lukaku has arrived from Everton.

Guardiola has already spent over PS200 million in total this summer to improve the porous City defense, which was the achilles' heel of the squad past year.

Guardiola has started rebuilding from the back by recruiting fullbacks Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker for around 50 million pounds apiece. The spending may continue as well in the run up to the transfer deadline. Across the 20 teams playing in the top flight this year, the average house price reaches £272,447, with prices increasing on average by 4.55% since last season.

Chelsea have signed some big names this summer, with Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger strengthening the squad. They were the best team by far last season and I still think a lot of that quality is there, ' said the 39-year-old former England global, who is now a BT Sport pundit. But any silverware will do at this point for fans of the club: Tottenham have not won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup. "It's normal that the players and supporters are going to be celebrating for a period of time, but we have had to come down to reality", Brighton boss Hughton said. "I went for Chelsea because they had such a good set-up a year ago".

Leaking goals was also a concern for Liverpool, with 42 conceded last season - a tally worse than the three teams who finished above them last season, as well as United. Burnley remains a game that Conte's men should comfortably win.

Jose Mourinho rarely fail in the second year in charge and he has been able to secure some top players like Lukaku that could well give him the edge.

Paul Scholes questions Chelsea's sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester Utd