Gary Cahill Is Concerned With Chelsea's Lack Of Transfers

So much for building from a position of strength.

But with Diego Costa nearly certain to leave and Nemanja Matic and Nathan Ake having been sold, as well as numerous players sent out on loan, Conte has previously expressed his concern at the lack of depth as they return to Champions League football.

It leaves Chelsea needing a new midfielder as well as reinforcements at wing back in the final days of the transfer window. Mourinho is a fantastic coach and won everything wherever he went.

"Pedro is not available because he is suffering from an injury he got during the Arsenal game", Conte said at his pre-match media conference.

Things are more comfortable on the personal front for Conte, who recently signed a new, improved contract and will have his family - wife Elisabetta and daughter Vittoria - living with him in London this season. Carragher deems that despite Conte's success in winning the Premier League in his first season at the club, Abramovic will not hesitate to sack the manager after twelve months.

This season will undoubtedly be tougher, though. It's the return of arguably the most popular soccer league in the world, and it's expected to be a wild, competitive season with teams like Arsenal and Manchester United looking much improved. "At the moment the most active have been United, City and Liverpool a bit". He will take time to settle.

As Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata can attest, Antonio Conte does not put players into his starting XI without a lengthy training and conditioning period. There were new players that were bought and everybody had to get used to the methods of their high-profile bosses.

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk have both handed in transfer requests this off-season but have yet to seal a move.

Chelsea were rarely allowed to venture out of their own half, as Arsenal - in particular Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez - tore Conte's men to shreds.

Gary Cahill should skipper the side while the back three will be made up by David Luiz with the Brazilian global once again lining-up in the middle of defence.

"Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I'm very happy at Chelsea".

Also, the England worldwide has impressed in the few times he has played at full-back position for Arsenal. But it's pretty telling that while all of the other big clubs in the Premier League bolstered their respective rosters over the summer that Spurs kept pretty quiet and didn't make any major additions.

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