Costa and Blues still at loggerheads

Frank Lampard sends message to Chelsea fans about Alvaro Morata – exclusive

"The rest of them were actually really good performances and we were unlucky not to get something from a couple of them, but it'll be a really good test for us early in the season".

While they do have the likes of Pedro and Willian to fill in on the wide areas for now, Conte will be hoping for a swift return to the turf by his talismanic player, who is not expected to return before another month.

In the short term, Chelsea start the season with Eden Hazard and Bakayoko out injured, while Morata is still getting used to his new teammates and may take time to settle.

The Blues have failed to add depth to their squad so far this summer, with reports suggesting that Conte is becoming increasingly agitated about their failure to build a group of players who can deal with the demands of European football.

"I don't think I need to adapt to the Premier League, but to my new coach".

'He knows where to be, he knows how to finish, the test is not about his quality but the mentality of taking on the task of being Chelsea's No.9 and being their main man. Chelsea desperately lack strength in depth to successfully compete on four fronts and nobody was surprised to see them lose the Community Shield match to Arsenal.

The Italian saw the Blues to the Premier League title in his first season at the helm, with his tactical prowess and man-management saluted throughout a productive campaign.

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Chelsea had one more opportunity to complete a famous comeback following a scramble in Burnley's box in extra time but the Clarets stood firm and held on for an impressive 3-2 win.

The Chelsea manager strongly rejected the idea that his starting XI - that included a 20-year-old Jeremie Boga with a still unfit Alvaro Morata on the bench - was a "message" to the board about transfers, stressing he would never risk a result like that.

Loftus-Cheek has made the move across London to join Frank de Boer's Crystal Palace. Anyone's debut always attracts the spotlight as they are keen to impress their new spectators, Morata is a hard-working player who plays with his heart on his sleeve, he is tall and strong so will not struggle with that aspect of the Premier League.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche praised Pawson's officiating of the game, insisting he had performed well in hard circumstances, and declared his team worthy winners.

"We kept going, kept probing and it's 3-0 at the interval".

"The sending off of Cahill was a key moment, because to play the rest of the game with 10 and then nine men is not easy", said Conte. Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool. you can go on.

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