Conte will face Wenger at Wembley in Sunday afternoon's Community Shield and he believes Arsenal are capable of mounting a strong title challenge despite failing to qualify for this season's Champions League. "But in terms of quality we've certainly got that and you just have to hope we don't have too many injuries".
Eden Hazard and Bakayoko will miss the start because they are recovering from surgery, and though he can play in today's Community Shield Victor Moses is suspended for the season opener against Burnley. Chelsea have bought Tiemoué Bakayako, Álvaro Morata and Antonio Rudiger this summer and acquired Willy Caballero on a free, but they have been frustrated in other areas. We are trying to improve our squad in the quality. Add Bernardo Silva, Ederson (world record fee for a goalkeeper) and Danilo to that list, throw existing galacticos Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne into the mix and you have a team bursting at the seams with glorious talent.
Since being drenched in champagne by his jubilant players at the climax of their title-winning campaign, Conte has become embroiled in disputes with his employers over a new contract and transfer issues.
Costa's lawyer Ricardo Cardosa confirmed last week that the Spaniard will hand in a formal transfer request at Chelsea and has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid.
Citi FM's coverage of the EPL also recently welcomed Premium Bank as its latest sponsor. That curse struck Leicester City last season under Claudio Ranieri too. "In England it's very difficult to repeat the win". For the first time since arriving at Arsenal a generation ago, Wenger finds himself in the Europa League instead of Europe's elite competition.
"Normally the second season should be better than the first, but again, this is modern football". Expensive signings could disrupt a settled starting eleven, jeopardise his refreshing emphasis on giving youth a chance and damage team spirit.
The lingering question with such switches, though, is whether most of the positive burst comes from just the temporary effects of any such change or - as with Chelsea - that the change actually instantly fixed so much with the team.
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