Everything is different for Chelsea ahead of this Premier League season

Everything is different for Chelsea ahead of this Premier League season

Meanwhile, outside of the first choice XI, Chelsea are also desperately short on players considering the extra fixtures that the Champions League presents.

Despite defeat in the Community Shield, and despite our shortfalls in the transfer market, Saturday provides us with an opportunity to lay down a marker - we will fight for this title.

"We are champions. We have to face every game in the right way". And having been 1/4 last month to still be in charge on the final day of the campaign, Antonio Conte's odds of remaining in the dugout have drifted to 2/1.

"I heard whispers at the back end of last season that he wanted to go and even if the club can not come out and say too much about that, maybe there was an element of that in play here when this deal went through". But as a welcome relief, we're days away from soaking in moves on the pitch and not the boardroom as the club football calendar kicks off.

The English top-flight gets underway at the weekend, with the Blues preparing to take on Burnley at Stamford Bridge, but Conte isn't feeling overly confident. "But we must be ready, we must be ready to try to do our best tomorrow". Alvaro Morata is good but not the same quality that Costa has.

Jose Mourinho's first season with United saw his team finish sixth in the league. There has been much debate over whether Sergio Aguero is Pep Guardiola's man up front but he still managed 20 goals in 31 Premier League starts past year and looks the number one option going into the new season.

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Midfield: Victor Moses is suspended after being sent off in the FA Cup last season so Cesar Azpilicueta is set to be moved out in to the wing-back position against Burnley. I am very thankful for them, I came from the youth section and had really great years there.

"He looked expensive this time past year, but maybe that £89m United paid for him is not quite so lavish now, if he can convert his potential into match winning performances this season".

These loan deals allow Chelsea's youngsters to gain experience in England's top flight, but also the Blues know they are providing lower calibre teams with young players who have the ability to cause damage to their Premier League rivals.

"Tiemoue Bakayoko was very impressive a year ago, he's very physical".

With Eden Hazard injured and Diego Costa nearly certainly leaving the club, Michy Batshuayi and Willian stepped up as the Blues' in-form players, scoring 9 goals between the two of them. I saw security in the way they played past year.

Many Chelsea fans believe the younger and more physical Bakayoko to be an upgrade on 29-year-old Matic, but Conte has concerns given that the French worldwide arrived injured and will still need time to reach full fitness and properly settle into his new surroundings.

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