Willian reveals talks with Jose Mourinho over Man United transfer


Premier League football is back on Friday, when Arsenal take on Leicester City to open the 2017-18 season. I have a lot of respect for the fans - at the beginning of the Roman Abramovich era, they weren't used to winning the title. He is very driven, he is tactically aware and you can see his personality on the sidelines.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.

City are followed by Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham - and Everton face all four in their first five matches of the season, adding extra importance to their opening clash with West Brom.

"If Conte needs a few players, the best thing is for the club to do that.' Crespo told Daily Mail". In the short-term at least, the sale of Nemanja Matić looks to have weakened Antonio Conte's hand with the Serbian's replacement, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Eden Hazard yet to fully recover following surgery on knee and ankle problems, respectively.

Across the 20 teams playing in the top flight this year, the average house price reaches £272,447, with prices increasing on average by 4.55% since last season.

Antonio Conte missed out on two of his top transfer targets, saw a key player sold against his wishes, and feels the current Chelsea squad is ill-equipped to handle the addition of the Champions League to its schedule. Although Premier League property cost over £50,000 more than the United Kingdom average (£220,713), the higher price of property means price growth levels are marginally trailing the United Kingdom over the a year ago (4.67%). It would have been hard no matter what for Chelsea this year. "The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market".

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But despite the scale of the task facing Conte and his players after a frustrating transfer window, Lampard remains confident they can retain their title. He has done so for three clubs, including for the Seagulls in the League Cup in 2008 - the last time the two sides met. Our performances against the big teams were pretty good previous year, barring Chelsea away. They knew what they were doing and their manager is very driven.

"He seemed like he wanted to leave past year at times, although he was very influential and played very well", he said of Costa.

He looked to join Mourinho in Manchester after holding talks with the Red Devils but nothing came out of it. He's made history everywhere with Porto, Inter and now he can do it with Manchester United.

It's hard to begrudge them this as these sorts of big-name signings will be sure to have a positive impact on the blue half of Merseyside in 2017/2018.

You would always expect to achieve better results at home than away, but Tottenham's form drop-off on their travels last season was marked.