Chelsea are not title favourites - Conte dismisses champions prospects

Pedro's absence and Chelsea's general shortage of options could force Conte to start Morata alongside Michy Batshuayi against Burnley, though he admitted the Spain global is still some way off being fully adapted to his tactical demands.

However, the failure to secure reported transfer targets such as Romelu Lukaku and Leonardo Bonucci, Diego Costa's pariah status and the departure of Nemanja Matic to the benefit of Manchester United all appear to have irked the former Juventus boss.

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

"The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market".

"At the start of the season, it's simple to tell that in this league probably six top teams should fight for the title", Conte said. If the club decide to send the players on loan for their development it is because these players are not ready to play for Chelsea.

Nemanja Matic's name is echoing strongly at Chelsea over the past couple of weeks as it becomes apparent that Antonio Conte might have been against his sale to Manchester United.

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"Sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market and sometimes you must accept different decisions".

"I'm sure they'll want to get off to a good start with the Champions League coming up and a Premier League title to defend too".

The Serbian's Premier League experience could prove to be a world's difference as Blues wait for the summer arrival Bakayoko to hit the ground running. I detect problems but we must wait until the end of the window.

Bakayoko remains a gamble, however, as he is yet to get accustomed to the new surroundings and demands of the Premier League football which have been known to come as a huge burden for newcomers.

"It was a big deal when Chelsea sold Petr Cech to Arsenal".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insisted yesterday that he was "not looking for sympathy" over the size of his squad. Of course, the battle for the title is always against five or six teams, but Premier League is a very hard championship because you can not predict any result. "I know twice as many people are paying attention to me". Conte made it a clear what "a great loss" it is for his side to see Matic go to a league rival, and just how "very important" the Serbian was to his team.

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