Nemanja Matic Sale a Casualty of "Crazy Transfer Market", Says Antonio Conte

Premier League goal rush scoring rates over the last three seasons

Every Chelsea player will have to run just a bit harder and for slightly longer without the 29-year-old's bustling frame at the core of proceedings.

With just a few days remaining until the Premier League restarts, the top teams in English football are still looking to complete some transfer business.

After winning the last Premier League season with 93 points on the table and with 30 wins out of 38 games, one cannot drag them further down in the list of contenders for this season.

As well as selling Matic, Chelsea have told Spain striker Diego Costa he is free to leave, decided not to offer a new contract to veteran skipper John Terry and sold back-up keeper Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth.

Conte has spent more than £100-million on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger to avoid becoming the third axed champion.

Liverpool will not win the Premier League or Champions League this season regardless of whether they keep Philippe Coutinho, according to club icon Graeme Souness.

"You might as well play them early, you might catch them by surprise, you never know", Mee told British media.

Chelsea takes on Burnley at home in their first game of the Premier League season.

"Then I became a starter at Schalke, played my first worldwide game and also took part in the European Championships".

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata scores every 145 minutes on average
Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata scores every 145 minutes on average

Striker Alvaro Morata was signed from Real Madrid for a reported fee rising to £70million and could make his Premier League debut against the Clarets.

Antonio Conte concedes that the departure of Nemanja Matic was an unexpected blow to his plans at Chelsea this season.

"We are working very well and I must be pleased for the commitment of my players".

The young midfielder played 26 times scoring five goals for David Wagner's team last season helping them to a dramatic Play-Off final victory and promotion to the Premier League.

The former Juventus and Italy boss declined to answer when asked if his squad was ready to challenge in all four competitions this season.

"He is being undermined".

Neville said it was "strange" for a manager to speak so favourably of a player that was sold to a direct rival.

"He is extremely agitated".

With the rest of his players showing the strain in some lacklustre preseason outings - Conte admits that Matic's experience will be missed amid the pressure of defending the title.

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