Pochettino: No issue with Conte ahead of London derby

Pochettino: No issue with Conte ahead of London derby

Costa has made life hard for Chelsea since going public with claims in June that Conte told him in a text message he was not part of his plans.

Asked if the uncertainty surrounding players at most of their Premier League title rivals has given United an advantage this season, Mourinho said: 'When people say, for example, Chelsea lost an important midfield player, if you lose one but you buy Bakayoko and Drinkwater, for example, what's the problem? The Lilywhites have already cashed in on Kyle Walker and they are wary of losing another key player as it is given that it will destabilise their squad.

We hope we are very wrong, and that the unpredictable nature of the Premier League comes to the fore once again, but this looks like three wins for City, United and Arsenal. But it's not a matter that worries me or concerns me a lot. For sure at this moment it's not simple. It's very important not to find excuses or alibis.

Harry Kane will be looking to open his account for the season after drawing a blank at St James' Park while Erik Lamela continues to miss out as he works his way back to full fitness. "Then we can solve this situation". Blues manager Antonio Conte had brought about a revolution in football, reaping the rewards of the three-at-the-back system at Juventus and Italy. We started to build this foundation and we won, so it means we built something.

That stands in contrast to their success at White Hart Lane, as Tottenham did not lose a top-flight league game at home last season for the first time since 1964-65. Michy Batshuayi struggled last weekend and Conte may opt to switch his front men around. We were lucky to not have injuries.

"I know this [big effort] will happen, but if it's to pay the amount that Chelsea want it won't be possible".

Conte's calls for patience couldn't hide the sense that he knows he will be harshly judged in the Stamford Bridge corridors of power if results go against him.

Chelsea are no strangers to a post-title slump and two years ago dispensed with Jose Mourinho just seven months after he lifted the Premier League with the Blues a point clear of relegation.

Hazard and Bakayoko have both been sitting out recovering from injuries this summer.

"Sometimes you can win but you are not building something positive for your future".

Chelsea were seeking a record-breaking 14th consecutive victory, but Dele Alli's double denied them and fired Tottenham back into the Premier League title race. "I just think it's the stamp you have when you're champions - that the next season you're the favourite". Here we will take a closer look at how these sides will cope with the demands of the top division.

Not to flog a dead horse, but the gaffer reiterated the club's intentions to sign more players before the September 1 transfer deadline.

All of that is also exactly why there is said to be a state of readiness and eagerness around the training ground for this match, especially since Conte spent the early part of the week working on mentality, on the mood.

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