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Barcelona's Sergi Roberto wanted as Nemanja Matic replacement following Manchester United

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto wanted as Nemanja Matic replacement following Manchester United”

Winning the trophy this season would make Chelsea the first team to retain the Premier League since Manchester United in 2009, and Lampard believes it would be an even more impressive achievement now.

City manager Pep Guardiola's decision to spend more than 200 million on five players may be the most astonishing piece of business, but money has been lavished everywhere: Everton and promoted Huddersfield Town both brought in nine new players and most clubs either broke their own transfer records or spent much of the summer trying to do so. As a unit though, I do not see them going past the Manchester clubs.

"Chelsea, I do sense as if there's something brewing there which isn't nice".

Antonio Conte missed out on two of his top transfer targets, saw a key player sold against his wishes, and feels the current Chelsea squad is ill-equipped to handle the addition of the Champions League to its schedule.

"So I would think that he would definitely want more, and I think they are probably short of where he wanted them to be at this stage of the season".

Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte looks on from the sideline ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane stadium in London.

"I think Manchester United will win the Premier League because Mourinho has never failed in a second season", Crespo said.

The Gunners showed signs of improvement at the end of last season and if they can keep that form - with new forward Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon giving them fresh firepower - their frustrated fans might enjoy an upturn in results after their worst finish in 21 years. Conte did a great job - he built a team.

Another of Chelsea's new signing, Bakayoko, arrived from AS Monaco after a long drawn transfer process.

"But he [Antonio Conte] spoke about him in such a way about his incredible importance to the job they did past year, Matic and N'Golo Kante in front of that back three". He was a brilliant midfield player, one of the best in the world, but he kept chasing the ball and vacating areas.

The acquisition of Antonio Rudiger has bolstered Chelsea's defensive options.

"I think he's very similar in a way to Michael Carrick".

"United were crying out for a central midfielder with the qualities of Nemanja Matic".

"If you think about Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses, David Luiz - they're playing better than ever". Conte could only watch as Ander Herrera man-marked Hazard out of the match as United hit Chelsea on the counter with the pace of Marcus Rashford.

Conte referenced the last time Chelsea defended the league title.

"Conte is a fantastic coach too, because he won everything at Juventus and has already won the Premier League in his first year with Chelsea".

This season will undoubtedly be tougher, though. The £35m signing of Mustafi last season started well enough before dipping a bit, and Wenger has resisted the calls to trop tens of millions in all parts of the squad.

Conte admitted prior to Chelsea's FA Community Shield defeat against Arsenal last weekend that he is anticipating the most hard season of his managerial career, and Lampard believes the Italian's comments are as much an attempt to motivate his players as a challenge to the board to pursue signings. For now, the Chelsea board's relatively poor transfer performance is setting the Italian up to accomplish the latter.



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