Do Chelsea have bigger problems than their opening day defeat
DATE: 14.08.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17
suffered a shock
3-2 defeat at the hands of Burnley in their opening Premier
League fixture at the weekend;
On the face of it, one could normally
argue that Chelsea simply didn't turn up and that Burnley were
simply too good for the Premier League champions on the day.
Indeed, it would be unfair to say that Burnley played well and were
well deserving of the three points, putting on an energetic and
ruthless first-half display that took full advantage of the
dismissal of Chelsea captain Gary Cahill after a lunging tackle on
Belgian midfielder Steven Defour.
However, Chelsea's performance was a far cry from the disciplined
outfit that stormed to the Premier League title last year with a
record-breaking 30 wins.
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Antonio Conte has voiced his frustrations about the club's lack
of transfer activity and whilst the Blues have made some
exceptionally good signings on paper, the players that have been
brought in arguably haven't added any depth to the squad whatsoever.
Alvaro Morata is a young striker with bags of potential, but he can
be seen as a replacement for Diego Costa, who looks more than likely
set to leave before the end of the transfer window.
The arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco is again, an
impressive capture on the face of it, but the versatile French
midfielder has simply replaced the outgoing Nemanja Matic.
If one is to read between the lines with regards to Conte's recent
comments, it seems that Matic was sold without his approval, which
can only spell trouble with regards to the Italian's future at the
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Moreover, it seems that the inclusion of young attacking
midfielder Jeremie Boga in the opening game against Burnley was
Conte making a point about the resources available to him in the
centre of the park.
Whilst the 20-year-old clearly has a bright future in the game, the
youngster would have been nowhere near the starting 11 last year and
throwing such an inexperienced player into the deep end only serves
to further highlight that Conte's head really isn't in the game at
Chelsea are now as long as 7/1 to retain their Premier League Title
in the football
odds, with Conte tipped to be the first Premier League manager
to leave this season despite only recently signing an improved deal.
Whilst you could argue that losing the
opening Premier League game of the season isn't the end of the world
(or Chelsea's title hopes), the circumstances surrounding the
result seem more indicative of bigger problems within the club, or
at least between the manager and those higher up.
To put the result into some sort of context, Burnley only managed a
meagre seven points away from home all season and it took them until
April 29th last season to register their first away win, a 2-0
victory at Selhurst Park against a Crystal Palace side that was in
total disarray the time.
Conte will be more desperate than ever to add to his squad before
the window closes and it will be interesting to see how the
situation at Stamford Bridge develops, especially with the sale of
Matic seemingly being done right under the manager's nose.
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