(Image) Alvaro Morata feeling positive despite defeat to Burnley

Nemanja Matic left Chelsea for Manchester United this summer

GETTY Nemanja Matic left Chelsea for Manchester United this summer

Chelsea were seven points clear, 10 points clear for a large part of the back end of last season.

If the Spaniard is to start either in place of Batshuyi or even as his strike partner, he could have a huge say on this result. Finally, Diego Costa remains away from the squad following his public fallout with Antonio Conte and the club over the summer. He insists his side are not the favourites to retain their crown. "I'll play in different positions and in different systems of play", he said. That, in fact, he thrives on it.

Sam Vokes scored twice as Burnley stunned Premier League champions Chelsea with a 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend of the new campaign.

"I can't think of a reason why Chelsea would sell him", Neville told Sky.

Contained within these remarks is a reminder to the Chelsea hierarchy to get a move on in recruitment.

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. Not one person believed Chelsea would win the title. Then when Chelsea played Bournemouth, Ake was not allowed to play against his parent club and Eddie Howe's team were without one of their key defenders.

Here he picks his Premier League teams to beat, bolter to watch out for and the clubs set for relegation. 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.

The Spain worldwide has been informed that he is not part of manager Antonio Conte's plans and is expected to leave before the end of the transfer window. This has seemed to some what disrupt the camp as Chelsea lost two of their three pre-season games as well as the defeat on penalties to the Gunners on Sunday at Wembley.

Conte also started Jeremie Boga, 20, and placed 19-year-old Kyle Scott, Charly Musonda, 20, and Andreas Christensen, 21, on the bench. Conte said: "It's simple". "With me I am used to it".

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For Burnley, they have brought in five players over the summer, with 18 leaving.

"It's very hard to judge a young player only during the training session, but there are moments you have to take risks because you don't have other possibilities and you have to go with the young player". Again, the coded message.

To be a serious threat domestically and in the Champions League, Morata has to find the net on a regular basis from the outset of the campaign and Bakayoko has to fill the void left in the midfield upon his return from injury. To be fair to the bookies, there is a trend developing, with Leicester's Claudio Ranieri suffering the same fate last season.

Conte stated: "Matic knows very well what I think about him - the importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team". It could be an opportunity to start the game for Rudiger. Michy is putting 120% into every moment during training and in the game.

"We have to improve a lot on this aspect because there was the rest of the game to try to do our best". For sure he needs time to understand to adapt to our style of football.

Demanding more from his players, from his board, from himself, and doing so constantly; this is the Conte way.

"Honestly, I am pleased with the squad because we are working very well with the players, the commitment is incredible, better than last season", he said. Tiemoue Bakayoko's work in Ligue 1 was highly touted and many observers predict he could be a similar force to N'Golo Kante, while Willy Caballero adds another option between the posts.

Speaking to the press on Friday, August 11, he admitted: "Honestly, if you have to give your evaluation on the card (on paper) it's right". Sometimes you are more serious, sometimes you laugh.

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