Slater: Manchester duo poised to challenge Chelsea for title


"It won't be easy to repeat an awesome season like a year ago", he said.

"You might as well play them early, you might catch them by surprise, you never know", Mee told British media.

"It's a big win for us because they're a fine side". Needing just one season to take the Blues back to the summit, Conte's dedication to the cause, which was evidenced by his reaction to every goal his players scored, also fueled the belief of the team in the face of immensely tough competition.

'I don't think Morata will do it that way but he has to come in and be confident, believe in himself and show the quality he has possesses. Finally, Diego Costa remains away from the squad following his public fallout with Antonio Conte and the club over the summer.

"Michy is working very well, he is putting 120 per cent in every moment during the training session and during the game". Chelsea were seven points clear, 10 points clear for a large part of the back end of last season.

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Victor Moses is another player the Blues will be without for this following the red card the Nigerian received in last season's FA Cup final.

The Italian saw the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season at the helm, with his tactical prowess and man-management saluted throughout a productive campaign. For the Arsenal manager Chelsea had enough players already on their books to fill any gaps, but chose to lend them out.

Chelsea had one more opportunity to complete a famous comeback following a scramble in Burnley's box in extra time but the Clarets stood firm and held on for an impressive 3-2 win.

Loftus-Cheek has made the move across London to join Frank de Boer's Crystal Palace. Me, I have to start to study a new formation with ten or nine players. Tiemoue Bakayoko's work in Ligue 1 was highly touted and many observers predict he could be a similar force to N'Golo Kante, while Willy Caballero adds another option between the posts. He was good in some games, inexperienced in others. Here, these should keep you going until Match of the Day.

Head coach Antonio Conte provided a fitness update ahead of the game at Stamford Bridge, revealing Pedro has not recovered from a problem he sustained before being sent off in the Community Shield against Arsenal last week.

These sides last met at Stamford Bridge last August, with Chelsea running out comfortable 3-0 winners.