Conte on Pedro, Morata, Wenger's comments and Chelsea's search for players

Nemanja Matic left Chelsea for Manchester United this summer

Asked who he sees as favorite to lift the title come May, Conte replied: 'At the start of the season it is simple to tell that in this league probably there are six top teams who should fight for the title. But you never know if he could pull off a couple of saves during the first half and go in at half-time, the Clarets may just grab a point and all thanks to their captain and goalkeeper.

Every Chelsea player will have to run just a bit harder and for slightly longer without the 29-year-old's bustling frame at the core of proceedings. Both Jeremie Boga and Charly Musonda have been a part of Chelsea's pre-season tour of the Far East, though it is probable that Conte will opt to play record-signing Alvaro Morata out of position in Hazard's usual spot rather than giving one of the younger players an opportunity.

The reigning champions appear to be on a precipice heading into the new season.

Conte has been busy during the transfer window with a lot of coming and goings, on what seems a daily basis in West London. We are talking about a young player.

THE Premier League title race is wide open, according to former Socceroo Robbie Slater.

Chelsea finished 10th in the table the following season they won the EPL title in 2015/16 season.

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I don't know whether it was lack of concentration or game management". "After that, we get the efficiency". He's a collective player and an intelligent player".

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The Arsenal manager suggested Conte could bring back some of the host of players who have been loaned out if he wants a bigger squad. These are the most important things for us.

Here RealSport take a look at the Blue boys who will be playing for other Premier League sides during the next campaign.

Almost a week on from attracting a fair bit of criticism for his substitute appearance in the Community Shield, the Spanish worldwide made his home debut for the club, again coming on from the bench in Chelsea's Premier League opener against Burnley. United and City will be a tougher prospect now Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have something close to their ideal squads.

Belgium's Michy Batshuayi is the only experienced alternative for the Italian.

The season starts with uncertainty surrounding the future of a number of high-profile players. "I'm not saying they're completely conflicting". Sanchez is now out with an abdominal injury, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, while Coutinho has missed training sessions this week with a reported back injury and could be unavailable against Watford on Saturday.

To be a serious threat domestically and in the Champions League, Morata has to find the net on a regular basis from the outset of the campaign and Bakayoko has to fill the void left in the midfield upon his return from injury.

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