Chelsea's board's inefficiency leaves Antonio Conte's future looking bleak

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Chelsea insist Costa has been aware of their position on his future since January this year, while AC Milan sporting director Marco Fassone has held talks with the player's agent Jorge Mendes. Chelsea and Arsenal have had a great rivalry over the years, and after a long sequence of bad results against the Blues, Arsenal finally came good and destroyed our rivals 3-0 at the Emirates in the first meeting last season. They have improved because they have kept the same squad as last season.

"I think you can sense a frustration in Antonio Conte's press conferences and I can kind of understand that", he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.

Alexis Sanchez is still at the Emirates, and new signing Alexandre Lacazette looks a potential star, so a top-four challenge ought to be well within Arsenal's grasp, though a shaky defence remains a problem and they are as high as 12-1 to win the Premier League.

"We're waiting a game very hard for us and want to try to start the season with a win".

The acquisition of Antonio Rudiger has bolstered Chelsea's defensive options.

Conte's side, who played part of the match with ten men following Pedro's sending off, were defeated on penalties with Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata missing spot-kicks.

However, Lampard believes that Matic's departure could soon cause problems for Chelsea in their midfield. Cahill reiterated Chelsea's present numbers would be stretched by Premier League and Champions League campaigns.

Conte will also be hoping that another of his big summer signings - French midfielder Tiemoue Bayakoko, bought for a reported 40 million pounds from Monaco - will find his feet quickly in England. The lack of a credible plan B will hurt the teams chances when the going will get tough towards the end of the season.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that Alvaro Morata could start this Saturday's Premier League opener against Burnley.

SIR Alex Ferguson always said you have to strengthen when you are at your strongest. Endure a trophy-less season and he joins Carlo Ancelotti and Mourinho as Chelsea managers sacked a season after winning the league.

The Italian's patience appears to be wearing thin and the Blues are reportedly targeting Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater and Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk, who has submitted a transfer request as he seeks to force his way out of St Mary's.

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