Chelsea may have run away with the trophy at the end of last season, riding the tactical mind of their Italian manager Antonio Conte. He will start the season not only without Nemanja Matic, sold to Manchester United for £40m, but missing Eden Hazard and Pedro through injury.
Burnley - It was a decent season for it last time, but this one will be far tougher and it hasn't signed the quality to keep its status in the Premier League. He insists his side are not the favourites to retain their crown. Antonio Conte has captured the imagination of the Chelsea fans with his robustness and passionate celebrations from the technical area; a passionate manager is often essential to motivate the players, who are required to put in demanding shifts under the Conte system. That, in fact, he thrives on it.
"It's simple. I think I'm the coach of this team".
Chelsea picked up just 11 points from their first 12 league games in the season before last and Mourinho departed in December. It's a game the Blues really ought to win, though their opponents did establish themselves as a very solid mid-table outfit last season, and have strengthened in the transfer market.
Contained within these remarks is a reminder to the Chelsea hierarchy to get a move on in recruitment.
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All of these Chelsea loanees have great potential and it will be interesting to see what role they play in influencing the Premier League title next season. Then when Chelsea played Bournemouth, Ake was not allowed to play against his parent club and Eddie Howe's team were without one of their key defenders. They may just come to regret it.
Here he picks his Premier League teams to beat, bolter to watch out for and the clubs set for relegation. "But I've already adapted and I'm excited to play". Despite his instant success at the club, a recent deal signed by Conte did not extend his tenure, while a publicised dispute with Costa resulted in the star striker's isolation and likely exit. They're a top class side with some fantastic individuals.
The Blues boss revealed a fresh injury blow with the news that Pedro has been ruled out of the Burnley clash after suffering an ankle injury during the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal last weekend.
British media reported that the text was not appreciated because it weakened Chelsea's bargaining position after it was made public, but Conte denied there being tension between himself and Roman Abramovich, the club's owner.