Conte fires back at Wenger, says "I don't need your sympathy"

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Ahead of Chelsea's Premier League opener tomorrow at home to Burnley (3pm), Conte said: "I think I am the coach of this team, my aim is to improve the players".

"I knew Conte loved me", he revealed. This is my message.

"The situation is clear and I stop".

Conte, though, insisted he endorses Chelsea's decision to loan out emerging talent and would not get drawn into a debate about the club's level of success with transfers.

Conte said: "It's simple".

"I am pleased because we are working well with this team and this group of players". This must be my focus during this period. And then I repeat: "the club is trying to do their best on the transfer market".

It remains to be seen whether Morata will start Chelsea host Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in their first Premier League game of the season.

Conte added: "We are facing different problems". I think the club is trying to do their best. Earlier this month, Chelsea gifted Matic to rivals Manchester United for £40million, while last season's top scorer Diego Costa is now in limbo at Stamford Bridge having been exiled by the Italian boss.

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Conte was unable to offer an update on his situation.

Pedro Rodriguez is out, after injuring his ankle during the Community Shield game against Arsenal last week.

"I have only had two pre-season games, 15 competitive minutes and a missed penalty", he told Spanish newspaper Marca. "I had talked to him many times".

"Alvaro is working well but he needs time to understand and adapt to our style of football, above all because he's a striker".

"This role is more hard to adapt to than the other roles".

Antonio Rudiger could come in for Moses, with Cesar Azpilicueta pushing forwards to right wing-back.

Conte has been thrilled by the commitment of his players ahead of the defence of their title, claiming it is better than it was ahead of the 2016-17 season. As you know the Premier League is the main target. "With Leicester and Chelsea, two teams won the league and it was a great surprise".

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