Manchester United fans react to Nemanja Matic's performance against Madrid

"For me the striker is a really important role and it is very important to understand the position I want in the game and it is more hard to adapt than other roles". "But now after the sale of Matic, we need to try to accelerate this process for Bakayoko after his injury", he added.

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.

Chelsea may have handed Manchester United "the last part of the jigsaw" by selling them midfielder Nemanja Matic, says former England striker Ian Wright.

"Matic knows very well what I think about him and the importance of this player because he is a really good player, a really strong player and very important for our team", Conte said.

No new Chelsea signing is under more pressure than Alvaro Morata, brought in for a club-record initial fee of £58m from Real Madrid to replace the unsettled Diego Costa as the focal point of Conte's attack. It was the same last season. "I think we just have to accept it and move on".

Cahill's comments echo the sentiments of club legend Frank Lampard who used Sunday's match day programme to emphasise Chelsea's lack of squad depth ahead of the penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal. "I had the benefit of realising how good he is when he's playing just in front of you, on and off the ball", said the England global to Sky Sports on Wednesday.

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The champions should start the season with a win in front of their own fans, but Conte still has plenty of things to figure out. In the 34 years since we have experienced highs and very many lows. "It's going to be tough, very tough".


Of course, his age will come into it, but if Conte, who is a big fan of the Italian, really wants his man, Abramovich shouldn't have too much trouble stumping up that pesky sum.

'If we're talking about quality, I still think Chelsea have that quality. We have to go and to fight to try to win with these players.

The Express report he said: "I think a lot about Costa".

"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them".

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "The start of the new season is less than a week away, but plenty needs to be done in West London if Chelsea are to pose a serious threat in all competitions".

"There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a unusual move".

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