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Chelsea's Antonio Conte dismisses 'sympathy' ahead of title defence

12 Août 2017

March believes that the high transfer fees are a reflection of the quality in the league but says Brighton are not intimidated by bigger teams or anxious by the general consensus that they will be relegated after just one season.

So much for building from a position of strength.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects to spend less on players next season after a big splash-out in the current transfer window, saying today's squad had been put together with an eye on the future.

Willian has revealed that he held talks with his agent over a move to Manchester United this summer. Given new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko remains injured, it leaves Chelsea with just two central midfielders as the new season begins this weekend.

Antonio Rudiger could come in for Moses, with Cesar Azpilicueta pushing forwards to right wing-back. Conte had understandably placed great emphasis on getting more strength in-depth in the squad, while the powers that be have appeared intent on cashing in on players at regular intervals.

Conte referenced the last time Chelsea defended the league title. Mourinho is a fantastic coach and won everything wherever he went. "He is strong physically, has a good personality and technique".

The same story claims that Chelsea have been "extensively" scouting the defender and watched him closely when he played for Portugal at the European Under-21 championships this summer.

Ibrahim told of how his son has an upcoming trial at United's Premier League rivals Southampton and had made a special promise to his father after being handed the medal.

This season will undoubtedly be tougher, though.

"They've (Chelsea) lost players - Costa seemingly and Nemanja Matic, an important player - and now they've got to fight for the Champions League as well as the Premier League", Lampard said. The Chelsea legend believes that this is where Chelsea fall short of their competitors. The Spain striker is even likely to start on the bench against Burnley, with Michy Batshuayi starting.

"It's the same pressure as I had last season", Guardiola explained. Mahrez could feature against Arsenal on Friday, but Van Dijk is now training away from the Southampton squad and won't play against Swansea on Saturday.

World-record signing Paul Pogba will be expected to finally deliver on his undoubted potential in a more attacking role, and while 19-year-old Marcus Rashford continues to excite as he develops. Luke Shaw will miss the opening month of the season through injury - leaving Daley Blind to most likely feature, although Matteo Darmian looms large.

The Manchester City boss wants to raid his former club to reunite with Spanish worldwide Sergio Busquets.

Busquets against Manchester City's David Silva in the Champions League. Playing as a striker, he didn't score in either match.

Chelsea's Antonio Conte dismisses 'sympathy' ahead of title defence