Chelsea vs Burnley 12 Aug 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions

Chelsea vs Burnley 12 Aug 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions

Many expected Burnley to recruit few more quality footballers, but it appears that manager Sean Dyche doesn't want to upset the balance of the squad as he rather opted for three seasoned Premier League footballers who should play important roles this season.

"For me, Matic is a fantastic player - a real, real top player", said the English defender.

Will new striker Alvaro Morata be as effective up front as Diego Costa, who has been told by Conte via text message that he isn't part of his plans?

"If you have to give an evaluation only on paper".

"One of the issues is that striker Diego Costa, last season's top scorer, remains in exile".

"Not one person believed Chelsea would win the title".

"For sure we want to avoid the Mourinho season", said Conte, although that really would be the worst-case scenario.

Antonio Conte has made no secret of his desire to sign more players with the season just days away from starting.

The Blues romped to a spectacular triumph in May, winning a record 30 of their 38 matches in the Italian's first season.

"When you speak about pressure with me".

"Looking at the players they have now, I can't see anything holding them back".

"[They have improved from last year] in the way they work in the training session". It's not important who is injured. But our job is to try to bring the football club back to that stature. It's simple. I am the coach of this team and my aim is to improve my players and my team.

"But [Conte] spoke about him in such a way about his incredible importance to the job they did previous year - Matic and N'Golo Kante in front of that back three - and I have no doubt that he has not sanctioned that move, he is not happy with it and ultimately he is uncomfortable with it".

"I think in the moments where they were moving more the ball, of course it was hard for us in the midfield".

Chelsea's current squad now contains just 24 registered players, while Arsenal's, the Blues' opponents this past weekend, was nearly double that, at 41.

Liverpool will not win the Premier League or Champions League this season regardless of whether they keep Philippe Coutinho, according to club icon Graeme Souness.

"I think Sanchez is worth that, even if you know you'd get £50million for him now and he'll leave next summer on a free".

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