Thierry Henry backs Alvaro Morata to do the impossible at Chelsea


Conte steered the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season, but has stated he expects the next campaign to be the most hard of his coaching career after reportedly growing frustrated by the club's summer transfer activity.

However, selling established Premier League star Nemanja Matic, who formed a very good partnership with N'Golo Kante last season, crucial in their Premier League title win, makes them incredibly light in central midfield.

"The most important thing is that my club knows very well which is our priority", Conte said.

"Now for us it is very important to try to improve our squad from the numerical aspect", he said.

"He needs now to play regularly".

"Two years ago Chelsea finished 10th and that can not happen again", he said.

Defender Luiz joined talkSPORT at the launch of the new Premier League campaign on Wednesday and seemed upbeat and excited for the season ahead, insisting the team MUST be ready to fight "from the first game until the end".

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However, with Deigo Costa on his way out of Stamford Bridge and Eden Hazard missing the start of the season with a broken foot, just how much of a threat will they be to Manchester City is yet to be seen.

The champions are believed to be making a £60million move for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk and after be asked again after the Wembley defeat about new recruits, Conte made his feelings clear. "It is the same for [Antonio] Rudiger and [Tiemoue] Bakayoko".

The aforementioned publication suggest that should Aurier have his conviction quashed then he could move to England in a deal worth £27m, though Chelsea will face competition from Manchester United.

"Alvaro is a really good player, he's still young despite having a lot of experience", he said.

Conte famously left Juventus as manager in 2014 after winning three successive Serie A titles, citing the club's failure to back him in the transfer market. Leicester had a disastrous defence, finishing 12th after a few relegation scare last season.

In a sign that Conte is aware of the risk that his new recruits might not settle quickly in England, newspapers have said he is still hoping to sign three or four British-based players before the season kicks off on August 12.

The reigning champs haven't had an ideal preseason and Conte's slightly sour demeanor can not mask his frustration.