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Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte

The former Blues striker told the Daily Mail: "Conte has said that he wants to avoid a 'Mourinho season'".

With time ticking down on the transfer deadline, one suspects that more than just speculation surrounding 'The Ox' will be needed to see them defend their title this year.

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Key to their success was a 13-game winning streak that stretched from October to January.

20-year-old Palmer is set to start his second season on loan at Huddersfield Town.

Some of Burnley's relegation rivals have heavily invested on new players, with Dyche working under more restrained parameters.

"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", Conte said.

"Every game becomes tough". Such a huge part of Chelsea's play last year was N'Golo Kante and Matic being the base in centre-midfield. "But the football club is one thing and the team's credentials going into a competition are another thing entirely".

Arsenal is also looking to retain the core of its team as it looks to return to the top four.

Arsenal will play in the Europa League after finishing fifth last season - but Wenger is against the idea of the winners getting a Champions League place.

There was similarly a sense of resignation about Mourinho as his side's title defence began, with the Portuguese starting fights with anyone brave enough to get close to him.

The Blues are without John Terry after the club captain called time on his Chelsea career to move to Championship side Aston Villa. I detect problems but we must wait until the end of the window.

"I won't say 'never' to [returning to] the Bundesliga". One, however, could also say they have weakened their strikeforce with Alvaro Morata really a replacement for Diego Costa. "He is very young". I'm sure they'll be challenging.

"We are trying to work harder".

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has described Nemanja Matic's £40million move to Manchester United as 'strange'.

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