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Conte frustrated as Chelsea launches title defense in EPL

12 August 2017

BT Sport's Frank Lampard explains why he expects former club Chelsea to retain their Premier League title.

The Spanish global has since been on holiday in his birth town of Lagarto in Brazil he has been engaging in various activities to keep fit.

Morata, 24, told Marca: "I admit it's a very big fee but I have personality to play quietly and go my way".

Players are more generally more motivated to chase trophies than to keep them, and that's the challenge facing Chelsea as the 2017-18 Premier League season gets underway.

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The season starts with uncertainty surrounding the future of a number of high-profile players.

Neville also believes the sale will improve the players already at United, with Matic's new midfield colleagues set to benefit.

Conte said recently there is no way back for last season's top scorer, and that stance has been made even more concrete by the fact the club are now involved in a legal process with the player following public criticism from his lawyer last week, ahead of a near-inevitable move to Atletico Madrid.

"I have sympathy for him [Conte]", the Arsenal manager is quoted by the Standard, "but do I feel sorry for Chelsea because they don't have enough players?" It's something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day, to be an extra hour each day in the training ground.

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"He's starting to understand what I want from him during the game", Conte said. It will be quite interesting to see how Chelsea handle having Champions League football this season. If our best will bring us to win us the game then it's right.

"I think this is a great possibility for Michy", Conte said in a press conference on Friday. I think I'm the coach of this team.

Last week, Costa's lawyer Ricardo Cardoso threatened to utilise "all possible legal mechanisms" against Chelsea and submit a formal transfer request in response to what he referred to as the "discriminatory behaviour" of head coach Antonio Conte towards his client, who was informed by text earlier this summer that his career at Stamford Bridge was over.

The west London side are also gearing up for a return to the Champions League after their title triumph last term.

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Conte frustrated as Chelsea launches title defense in EPL