Antonio Conte's challenge: Steering Chelsea's domestic and European title pursuits

Alvaro Morata celebrates a goal for Real Madrid

Boo boy: If Morata doesn't get early goals then he might be in for some rough treatment, and equally if anyone blabs to the papers and is thus deemed a "snake", we could see a few pretty brutal signs on laminated bits of A4 paper.

Shearer, who won the league with Blackburn in 1995, believes Antonio Conte will have to make two or three more key signings if they are to repeat last season's heroics. Morata had to do so while playing catch up on the previous three weeks, shaking off the jet lag from covering half the circumference of the globe and dealing with the expectations of being a club-record signing.

"I've only played in two pre-season games...15 minutes of competitive football and missed penalty...and they're already killing me, so I know what's ahead", Morata explained to Marca. "I know that double the people are watching me now".

Frank Lampard has revealed that he was "surprised" by Chelsea's decision to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and added that Tiemoue Bakayoko now has a "responsibility" to show that he can match the Serb's unheralded contribution at the heart of the Blues midfield. However, the Spaniard suffered the same fate, screwing his effort wide to set-up Arsenal for the win. It's my job. But it is not an obsession for me ahead of winning titles for the team.

"But I won all the titles except for the Champions League".

Daniel Sturridge scores for Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge scores for Liverpool

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But the Italian boss has cut a troubled figure this summer after failing to land his top transfer targets. Are they more motivated to play for the shirt so as to not let the fans down?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had an answer, pointing to Chelsea sending numerous players out on loan, while former England captain turned pundit Alan Shearer said there was "something brewing which isn't nice" at Stamford Bridge. He's a very select player who's a top, top striker, but when the position goes so far it's difficult to put it back.

"He is a good finisher, he scored around 20 goals last year at Real Madrid and they will need him as their main striker this year".

Chelsea's new £68 million transfer screams out with the old, in with the new. "They've had an outflux, a lot of players have gone but most of them were squad players and young players who probably won't affect the first XI that much". You have encouraged us in our mission - to provide quality news and watchdog journalism.

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