Burnley begin life without Michael Keane and Andre Gray today.
However, Chelsea's odd transfer business this summer should have no effect on the match this weekend. "For sure it won't be easy to win, but we want to try to fight to win something this season".
Diego Costa would also open his Premier League account on the day, by scoring the equalizer and reminding fans of what it is like to have a proper striker leading their side. He insists his side are not the favourites to retain their crown. Conte can use him in so many different ways, such as by allowing him to drop deep, link up play and hold up the ball to bring others into play. That, in fact, he thrives on it.
Chelsea's defence of their Premier League title got off to a disappointing start on Saturday as they lost 3-2 to Burnley at Stamford Bridge. "I think honestly if you have to give an evaluation on paper, it's right to not put Chelsea as a favourite".
'It is going to be a hard year because it is tough winning the title back-to-back and they have the Champions League to contend with this season as well.
We Are Discussing The Possibility Of Ibrahimovic's Man-United Return- Jose Mourinho
After Ibrahimovic's season ending injury, the Manchester United boss had to rely on youngster Rashford to produce the goods. Ibrahimovic's one-year deal at Old Trafford expired in June and was not extended following the injury.
All of these Chelsea loanees have great potential and it will be interesting to see what role they play in influencing the Premier League title next season. To take over a team 11th in the top flight the year before and comfortably win the title was a fantastic achievement. They may just come to regret it. The club knows my priorities. I am not anxious, I am ready to fight with these players.
Champions Chelsea struggled in the Community Shield last weekend as they were beaten on penalties by Arsenal.
Chelsea has endured a frustrating transfer window and a shortage of arrivals, along with the club loaning out a host of players, has led some to question the strength of Conte's squad.
Many people wondered just what Conte was playing at, especially after seeing the club lose Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, and it seems that Garth Crooks has said what everyone else has been thinking in terms of the situation - and blasted Conte for his stupidity and rash actions.