Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Conte reveals why Chelsea may not defend Premier League title

Conte reveals why Chelsea may not defend Premier League title

And now Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has suggested that maybe it was not even the board's decision, hinting that Matic may well have forced through the transfer to Jose Mourinho's side. People at the club seemed to mull it over for quite a while and then out of respect for Petr and what he'd done, and the situation with [Thibaut] Courtois, they let him go.

For the last 4 confrontations between Chelsea and Burnley, twice the victory was taken by the "blue" and the same number of times in the match was a draw. That's not easy to say as a Liverpool fan but I do like the way Manchester United are looking in terms from their perspective.

So you wouldn't blame anyone for backing a really comfortable home win on the evidence of the above, and I for one certainly aren't going to oppose Conte's men. But if you also get into watching countries play, then you have a whole another set of games to watch all year around.

And the 24-year-old admits that he has already faced criticism following his switch to west London.

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"Being the main striker for a club like Chelsea, like Manchester United, like Real Madrid, like Barcelona, brings a lot to it", Lampard said. I don't like to speak through the press. But I do think there's a chance that we'll see a low-scoring game, and therefore backing Under 2.5 Goals at around the [2.4] mark is the recommendation. The transfer market is not finished. He won't have had anything like it in Italy or Spain. Outside of this year, generally, Arsenal plays in the UEFA Champions league. It's a very tough league and he'll have to stand up to that.

Costa's rollercoaster Chelsea career is ending in acrimonious fashion, but Lampard thinks now is the right time for player and club to part ways.

"For sure, it is very important to have quality players".

I have to be honest, as someone who considers form - both team and individuals - strongly, I find the opening weeks of the season quite hard to predict and I tend to keep stakes relatively low.

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"I think I had to leave Madrid", he added.

"I think they've bought well - it's just a case of numbers", he insisted. There's that many games on TV now you can watch and see and you kind of know what each player and each striker is like.

"I have to understand Conte well". We must be ready, also in this moment many players are missing and we have to go with these players, we have to try to play good football, we have to try to win the game. Six teams are very strong and you must be prepared. You have to have faith in the manager.

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