Antonio Conte 'not looking for sympathy' over size of Chelsea squad

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 12, 2017

Mee believes that Chelsea's new striker Alvaro Morata, who joined from Spanish champions Real Madrid last month, could pose a threat to Burnley defenders but is confident that team will come up with and stick to a solid game plan. If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid. Bereft of his services, the club are similarly equipped with strikers as with midfielders, boating just two players willing and able to play for the club in each position.

Conte is yet to sign another left-back so Marcos Alonso should continue in his wing-back role this weekend while N'Golo Kante is also a guaranteed starter in the middle of the park.

With less than three weeks left in the transfer window, Chelsea now face an uphill struggle to get their squad back to the strength it was at previous year, yet alone improve upon it.

Morata has also laid down a goal target for himself ahead of the new Premier League season, as reported by the Dailymail.

Mee was the lesser heralded, certainly outside town, of his centre back pairing with Michael Keane last season, but after Keane's departure, he will be the main man: "We were a duo but I felt the responsibility past year as well, I was the more senior player of us two".

Chelsea begin their title defence Saturday at home against Burnley and Conte expects tougher campaign than the one before.

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Matic was part of Jose Mourinho's side that won the Premier League crown and the EFL Cup in the 2014-15 season following his £21m switch from Benfica.

A season Mee hopes will see him push for a first England call up: "It's definitely an ambition of mine and something I might focus more on this season".

The Serbia worldwide played a key role in the Chelsea team that won the top-flight title with two games to spare in Antonio Conte's first season last term.

"It's simple. I think I'm the coach of this team".

"But now after the sale of Matic, we need to try to accelerate this process for Bakayoko after his injury".

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