Conte reveals one of Chelsea's best players will miss Burnley clash

Conte reveals one of Chelsea's best players will miss Burnley clash”

The Chelsea boss has regularly indicated that he needs to have more players in order to compete on all fronts this season and was not happy with the way Nemanja Matic was sold to Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger sympathises with Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte over the size of his squad - but reckons the Blues have made their own problems by loaning out so many players. Messi and Ronaldo are obviously a cut above but he is definitely on the shortlist in the bracket of world-class players'.

The Blues are back in the Champions League, and despite the repeated warnings from the Chelsea manager, have done little in terms of the transfer window to bolster their squad, with Conte and others, such as club legend Frank Lampard, warning that could come back to haunt the side come the crunch periods of the season, where the games are coming thick and fast.

However, the 29-year-old will now be relishing working under Jose Mourinho once again as the Portuguese coach looks to bring the Premier League title to Old Trafford for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement back in 2013.

"The situation is very clear".

A Chelsea spokesman intervened, saying: "Nothing to report on that".

Chelsea lost 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley, with Morata replacing Michy Batshuayi in the 74th minute and failing to make a significant impact before missing his spot kick in the shootout.

"During my time at Juve I didn't score more than 20 goals a year but I won every title except the Champions League".

Chelsea begin their Premier League defence at home to Burnley on Saturday. That will not happen this season unless there is sufficient quality and quantity for Conte to call upon.

And when asked this week whether it would difficult to hold onto their crown without more signings, he said: "Yes very hard". For this reason we have to pay great attention every game, to have the right approach, to have the right intensity.

"I've understood those changes already and from now on, everything should be easier".

Antonio Conte has admitted new forward Alvaro Morata needs to be given time to adapt to his Chelsea team-mates and to English football.

Amid the Italian's reported frustration with Chelsea's performance in the transfer market, Wenger claimed he appreciates his counterpart's situation at Stamford Bridge, but does not feel sorry for him.

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