Pedro ruled out of Chelsea's opener as Conte hints at Rudiger start

Pedro ruled out of Chelsea's opener as Conte hints at Rudiger start

Pedro ruled out of Chelsea's opener as Conte hints at Rudiger start

"Burnley had a awful record on the road last season and I feel they will continue to struggle this term with goals likely to be at a premium".

Chelsea begin their defence at home to Burnley on Saturday and the Italian is expecting a tough battle as Chelsea seek to become the first team to retain the league since Manchester United in the 2008-09 campaign.

Asked about the areas he needs strengthening, Conte said: "Again my focus is on the team, the training sessions and the games - this must be my focus".

Not many Premier League players move from one title contender to another as clubs are reluctant to sell.

Antonio Conte hinted the transfer was out of his hands and has cut a frustrated figure this summer with Chelsea's business in the summer window.

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United have spent around £150million adding Romelu Lukaku , Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof to a star-studded squad. That's different to the three other leagues [Portugal, Italy and Spain] I have worked in.

Pedro Rodriguez is also unavailable for selection after failing to recover from an ankle knock picked up in Sunday's Community Shield defeat against Arsenal, while Loic Remy is not in Conte's plans and Kenedy and Lewis Baker are expected to leave Stamford Bridge on loan in the coming days. This is my message.

Chelsea have signed Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

"The striker is an important role". The other teams will try to give 120 per cent against us.

'But sometimes I think you must accept this insane transfer market.

Pedro's absence and Chelsea's general shortage of options could force Conte to start Morata alongside Michy Batshuayi against Burnley, though he admitted the Spain worldwide is still some way off being fully adapted to his tactical demands. "This role is the most hard to adapt to then the other roles".

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