Conte desperate to improve Chelsea squad

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Matic played a pivotal part in Chelsea's title success last season as he averaged three defensive actions per game in the Premier League, while he was successful with 88% of the passes that he attempted.

Last week, Morata came on as a 74th-minute substitute for Michy Batshuayi in the Community Shield penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal at Wembley and Conte said the 24-year-old is still not ready. In 2014, as in 2004, however, elite foreign acquisitions played a significant role - in this case Costa, Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis, three key cogs in an Atletico Madrid team that had performed miracles in La Liga and the Champions League the previous season. And having been 1/4 last month to still be in charge on the final day of the campaign, Antonio Conte's odds of remaining in the dugout have drifted to 2/1.

Yet again we are seeing a transfer window whereby Chelsea are spending big whilst they loan out their young talent to teams across Europe.

Meanwhile, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez are the subject of interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, but their clubs say they will not be sold.

"Then you know very well that there are the surprises".

However, the lack of able back-up to the duo will be a concern for Conte, who only has Cesc Fabregas to fall back on. Alvaro Morata is good but not the same quality that Costa has. "It's not easy. It's very important to try to improve the squad before [we] start the season".

For the two Manchester clubs, last season was a mixed bag.

In contrast, Tottenham are the only Premier League club not to have signed one player this summer - but the algorithm backs the London club to claim the title on form alone.

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Conte was referring to Chelsea's implosion under Jose Mourinho during the 2015-16 season when the Portuguese was sacked before the halfway point as the team failed to defend its title. I'm very excited about him.

Guardiola has already spent over PS200 million in total this summer to improve the porous City defense, which was the achilles' heel of the squad previous year. Is Tiemoue Bakayoko a similar type of player to Matic?

With Eden Hazard injured and Diego Costa nearly certainly leaving the club, Michy Batshuayi and Willian stepped up as the Blues' in-form players, scoring 9 goals between the two of them.

Pressed recently on whether his side will find it hard to defend their title without further additions, Conte told Sky Sports: "Yes, for sure".

Oxlade-Chamberlain's future has been a subject of much discussion since the end of last season, with Liverpool, Manchester United and West Ham all being credited with an interest in the 23-year-old.

Antonio Conte hinted the transfer was out of his hands and has cut a frustrated figure this summer with Chelsea's business in the summer window.

"I've been impressed so far, he's a good player".

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