Premier League 2017-18 season sees two Manchester clubs as favorites

Premier League 2017-18 season sees two Manchester clubs as favorites

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last term after the Blues ended up seven points ahead of runners-up Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea begin their title defence at home against Burnley on tomorrow and Conte expects tougher campaign than the one before.

So much for building from a position of strength.

Cape Town - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has again expressed his concern regarding the club's lack of signings ahead of the new Premier League season.

Despite procuring Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willy Caballero and Antonio Rudiger, the Italian chief is still said to be unsatiated and has confirmed that he would like 3 more players before the culmination of the summer window.

Manchester City have spent almost £200million on new players this summer and Jenas believes they must be considered title favourites, although he insists it is the Champions League that boss Pep Guardiola really covets.

"But there's only one team that can win it and [Manchester] City brought [Pep] Guardiola to the club to win the Premier League and to win the Champions League, and he has to win something this year". A fee of 40 million pounds proved too substantial for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to turn down, even if manager Antonio Conte wanted to retain the midfielder he still called "very important for our team" on Wednesday.

And some believe Morata may not be suited to the rough-and-tumble of the Premier League following a poor debut against Arsenal in last Sunday's Community Shield final. Endure a trophy-less season and he joins Carlo Ancelotti and Mourinho as Chelsea managers sacked a season after winning the league.

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

Conte has become embroiled in disputes with his employers over a new contract and transfer issues.

The 2017/2018 season of the English Premier League will kick off this weekend with first game scheduled to hold at the Emirate Stadium on Friday where Arsenal will lock horns with the 2015/2016 champions, Leicester City. "I went for Chelsea because they had such a good set-up past year". Losing such a key player would hamper Juergen Klopp's hopes of using his second full season at Anfield to show his upbeat demeanor can be matched with silverware. Mahrez could feature against Arsenal on Friday, but Van Dijk is now training away from the Southampton squad and won't play against Swansea on Saturday.

The Blues' striker will now spend the season on loan at Paul Clement's Swansea City.

With Oxlade-Chamberlain allowed to discuss terms with any club interested in him, in January, ahead of a move next summer, Arsenal may be forced into selling the England worldwide this summer in order to avoid losing him for nothing.

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