Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chelsea boss Conte expects six-team title race

Chelsea boss Conte expects six-team title race

It was the 2015-16 season and the team finished embarrassingly in 10th place, with coach Jose Mourinho fired before Christmas.

"The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and Arsenal are one of the best clubs in it, year after year they've shown their consistency", said Shakespeare.

Conte has repeatedly stated Chelsea's need to improve their squad depth in the final weeks of the summer transfer window, and Lampard remains confident that the Premier League champions will get the players they need to compete on four fronts this season.

"But sometimes I think you must accept this insane transfer market".

"We were never close", he added when asked about Arsenal moving for Mahrez.

Striker Diego Costa was certainly not one of those players, and Conte admits he does not know when - or if - the fiery Spaniard will return to the club. "I'm trying to do my best every day".

Conte was unable to offer an update on his situation.

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One of the main issues is Costa remaining in exile after Conte, who had grown exhausted of the Spain international's attempts to engineer a transfer, told him by text message that he was no longer part of his plans.

Morata may look like a bustling forward, capable of intimidating defenders like Costa did with such success during his time with the club, but the truth is Chelsea's new No.9 is quite different to the man he's been brought in to replace. But do I feel sorry for Chelsea as they don't have enough problems? It's my job. But it is not an obsession for me ahead of winning titles for the team.

For me, the striker has a really important role and it's important for them to understand what positions I want them to take up.

Out of the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, Arsenal must make a fast start and avoid their usual winter swoon to keep the natives from becoming even more restless. This role is more hard to adapt to than others.

As for the title defence, Conte declined to predict this season's champions after Leicester's fairytale triumph and his revival of the Blues.

"There is no Moses as he is suspended, it could be an opportunity to start for Rudiger".

"Then you know very well that there are the surprises". He's got great movement and he's a good finisher, so he now needs to adapt to the Premier League.

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