Conte reveals why Chelsea may not defend Premier League title

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Eden Hazard was back to his devastating best in 2016/17 after going off the boil following Chelsea's title success in 2014/15. It could be an opportunity to start the game for Rudiger.

No one doubted that English clubs would break their own 1.2 billion-pound ($1.56 billion) transfer-spending record this summer; all that was disputed was by how much and which players would go where.

Fans will get their first glimpse of how one of the contenders will fare when Arsenal, fresh from their Community Shield victory over Chelsea, face Leicester in the season opener at the Emirates Stadium. Six teams are very strong and you must be prepared.

Chelsea, who were not in Europe but won the domestic title by seven points in Conte's first season in charge, have signed four players so far, including striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Swansea's purchase of Roque Mesa for 11 million pounds looks a bargain for a player whose slick passing stood out for Las Palmas last season.

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GETTY Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho signed Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40m

'You might as well play them early, you might catch them by surprise, you never know, ' said Mee. Cabaye will be absent for Saturday's game but I don't see any reason why Palace won't start the season in similar fashion under their new boss Frank de Boer.

Morata has said previously that he was motivated to join Chelsea in order to work with Conte, who signed him for Juventus three years ago before leaving to take charge of Italy. "You have to cope with the young player".

"Overall I believe that it's down to us". But on the flip side of that we have Eddie Howe's Bournemouth who were involved in some very entertaining games last term, and there's no reason to think that won't be the case this season.

While some fear the spending is unsustainable and will put clubs' long-term stability at risk, the 25th year of the Premier League era should deliver a title race more fiercely contested than ever. The prolific Jermain Defoe has been signed and Howe's men now have the potential to be even more entertaining.

Manchester City also sits as the +185 favorite on the odds to win the EPL title this season. Especially for a defender, making them errors, the judgements, the mistakes, that's something you need to learn not to do and that's a big part of being a defender.

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