Steering Chelsea's domestic and European title pursuits — Antonio Conte's challenge

A Chelsea spokesman intervened, saying: "Nothing to report on that".

Players are more generally more motivated to chase trophies than to keep them, and that's the challenge facing Chelsea as the 2017-18 Premier League season gets underway. And for us it's important because it can be very offensive this formation.

Nevertheless, Conte refuted suggestions that his current demeanour suggests he is unhappy in his job.

Chelsea begin their Premier League defence at home to Burnley on Saturday.

We have to face every game in the right way.

After spending heavily on players including Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane, Everton have been tipped to break into the top six this season.

"I'm doing my best every day".

No new Chelsea signing is under more pressure than Alvaro Morata, brought in for a club-record initial fee of £58m from Real Madrid to replace the unsettled Diego Costa as the focal point of Conte's attack.

The league's defending champions Chelsea, alongside Manchester United, Liverpool Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur command the most followers in Kenya. It's a very tough league and he'll have to stand up to that.

N'Golo Kanté won the awards last season, but Eden Hazard remains Chelsea's creative driving force. Not one person believed Chelsea would win the title. And then I repeat: "the club is trying to do their best on the transfer market".

"And he will not play for any other club which is not Atletico Madrid, a club where he had sporting success, but above all where he was always respected, even after he had joined Chelsea". My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team.

"At the start of this season it's simple to tell that in this league there are six top teams who should be fighting for the title".

In response, Conte made it clear that players are sent out on loan, to help their development.

The manager: Usually clad in a finely cut suit, Antonio Conte keeps in shape through his own interpretation of high-intensity interval training, dashing up and down the touchline in short, intense bursts. That is as much as statement about the club as it is about the team.

Kenedy is expected to be the next player to go on loan, although there are complications over what was a prospective deal with Newcastle United.

Jose Mourinho landed a considerable blow to Chelsea's preparations for the upcoming campaign by pinching Romelu Lukaku - a big target for the Italian - from under their nose.

Morata on Friday told Marca "they're already killing me" over scrutiny of his two pre-season games and his 15-minute cameo at Wembley, when he missed a penalty in the shootout.

They also fell to defeat on penalties against the Gunners in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

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