Friday, 18 August, 2017

Arsene Wenger 'has sympathy' for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

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Rita Gibson | 12 August, 2017, 10:46

The Premier League season leaps upon us like a muddy Labrador, full of joy at seeing us again and convinced the feeling is mutual.

Conte kept his counsel on Chelsea's transfer business, with the summer window open until August 31. Stoke city and Tottenham stood out from the General list without spending gain a single pound.

"It's the start of the Premier League and it's very important for us". It should be noted that some large transactions have occurred within the championship.

The United manager had outlined four positions he wanted to strengthen in to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the start of the transfer window, but only Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have arrived at Old Trafford.

The third, Jose Mourinho, won three minor trophies during his first season, but one of them, the Europa League title, brought them back into Champions League. The Gunners are looking to return to the top four after missing out previous year for the first time in over two decades under Arsene Wenger.

Conte made no effort to disguise his disappointment in Matic's exit and conceded that his side will be worse for the £40million sale. His replacement is a 23-year-old but you don't know how good he'll be.

Earlier this month, Chelsea gifted Matic to rivals Manchester United for £40million, while last season's top scorer Diego Costa is now in limbo at Stamford Bridge having been exiled by the Italian boss.

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"Matic knows very well what I think about him", Conte is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

Head coach Antonio Conte provided a fitness update ahead of the game at Stamford Bridge, revealing Pedro has not recovered from a problem he sustained before being sent off in the Community Shield against Arsenal last week.

"Last season he reminded me at times of when United signed Juan Sebastian Veron".

"I'm really happy that the dream came true".

With Matic now in a United shirt, it is unlikely Fabinho would be used to screen the defence, but his knowledge at right-back would be welcomed by the self-proclaimed Special One. It's something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day, to be an extra hour each day in the training ground.

Wenger will hope his switch to three at the back, which worked impressively towards the end of 2016-17, can help them improve in those crucial departments this term.

"I am pleased, because we are working well with this team and this group of players". We'll improve the team and try to be at that level, to constantly be improving.

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Chelsea have 'problems' but Conte doesn't want sympathy Chelsea have 'problems' but Conte doesn't want sympathy Conte put pen to paper on a new contract last month which raised his salary but did not extend his stay in west London . Groves reckons the disillusionment is not just isolated to Conte ahead of tomorrow's showdown with Burnley though.