12 August, 2017
"Chelsea are weaker than last season - no Diego Costa, no Matic - and I'm concerned for them".
The Swede has played as a central defender since completing his £30million move from Benfica earlier this summer.
An ankle knock sustained by Pedro in the Community Shield penalty shoot-out loss to Arsenal could mean Morata will start alongside Michy Batshuayi, who scored the decisive goal in Chelsea's title success at West Brom in May.
They will take on a Foxes side with a new full-time manager at the helm, Craig Shakespeare, who was offered the job based on his work after taking over for Claudio Ranieri last season.
Asked if it will be hard to win the title again without adding more players, the Italian tactician told Sky Sports: "Yes, for sure". For sure. This league is not easy.
The 18 conceded at Anfield may not sound bad, but it was a higher figure than all the other teams in the top six, as well as city rivals Everton.
"At the start of the season it's simple to tell that in this league probably six top, top teams should fight for the title", Conte said.
Ahead of the opening weekend of Premier League action, Sportsmail will be providing you with all you need to know about every fixture, with team news, provisional squads, betting odds and Opta stats. He is very young. My idea was to give Bakayoko the right time to adapt in this league behind Matic. The thought of Marouane Fellaini trying to do an impression of a box-to-box midfielder in a title-challenging team is the stuff fan nightmares are made of. "Because now we have only three midfielders and we need another midfielder".
United have invested heavily on the signings of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof in the transfer window, while champions Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have also spent large sums.
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The Clarets have just sold Andre Gray to Watford for £18 million to rob Dyche of his key striker on the eve of the new campaign.
"Andre had a year left on the contract, it is a normal football business".
"We are not the market leaders financially so it's tough".
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.