Matic is a 'gross loss' for us, admits Chelsea boss Conte

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

Chelsea, who were not in Europe last season, but won the domestic title by seven points in Conte's first season in charge, have signed four players so far, including striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill admits that the loss of Diego Costa will be felt by the Premier League champions this season.

Costa, who has been told he has no future with the south west London outfit, has scored 42 league goals in his three seasons in England's top flight, and his successor is aiming for a career first in his debut campaign.

The Spaniard missed a penalty in the shooutout after replacing Michy Batshuayi in normal time and he says critics are already "killing him" since moving to Stamford Bridge.

"If the club are selling [Nemanja] Matic from under his nose then it's not looking great".

While Morata is still in the very early days of his Chelsea career, the Spaniard has showed nearly no promise in the few pre-season minutes he's been handed.

Both Conte and skipper Gary Cahill have confessed to being anxious by the dearth of options available from the bench, highlighted in last weekend's Community Shield defeat to the Gunners at Wembley.

I think it was frustrating for him because obviously me and Keano had a really good partnership and he was just waiting in the wings and he's a very good player. I've understand what I have ahead, but I know that's the price to pay for such a big price-tag. And it's something that motivates me and makes me work harder every day, to spend an hour every day in the Sports City training. There's that many games on TV now you can watch and see and you kind of know what each player and each striker is like.

But after goals from Casemiro and Isco, United fought back in the final 20 minutes and might have snatched an equaliser through substitute Marcus Rashford.

'I don't want to comment too much, ' Simeone said.

"I think the [Matic] sale at this moment in time, with that Chelsea squad, could cost them the league".

The clubs of the English Premier League two weeks before the closure of the summer transfer window spent to gain over a billion pounds.

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