March 21 2018

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte eyes winning start to EPL season

March 21 2018, 12:33 | Irvin Gilbert

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Diego Costa's continued exile and Eden Hazard's broken ankle mean Chelsea will have a new-look strike-force.

Antonio Conte vented his growing frustration at referee Bobby Madley this afternoon after Chelsea's season got off to the worst possible start, losing the Community Shield on penalties to Arsenal.

Conte won the Premier League in his first season at Stamford Bridge with a squad lacking depth, but wants many new faces to cope with the additional strain of Champions League football. "He can score or miss a penalty just like any other player on the pitch".

Just like in the FA Cup final, Chelsea was reduced to 10 men.

Arsenal qualify to play in the clash after lifting the FA Cup last term, while champions Chelsea are undoubtedly the team to beat in 2017-18.

"For me the situation is simple". A lot of people told me the penalty was clear.

"We showed great composure to come back to the game", Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said, "then it is penalties and who keeps their cool better".

Two players that unlikely to lead the line for Arsenal, from the start at least, are Lucas Perez and Alexis Sanchez.

Spanish striker Alvaro Morata has arrived in a club record deal from Real Madrid while Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger have also strengthen what was already a very strong squad so Chelsea are going to be a force once again this season. However, the game's first big talking point came shortly before the stroke of half time.

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? I hope I am mistaken.

The ABBA system is based on the format used in tennis tie-breaks, with the team taking the first kick in each pair of kicks alternating. Since the Shield is regarded as a form of a friendly, Victor Moses is free to play, but he will serve a one-game suspension in the Premier League opener.

"Today was encouraging, but nothing more". We are expecting a hard game and we want to start the season with a win.

Per Mertesacker had to go off after 30 minutes, struck by Gary Cahill's flailing arm in the Arsenal box.

Wenger praised his replacement, Kolasinac, as ready for the rigours of the Premier League.

"Physically he's very strong, naturally".

Both Laurent Koscielny and Victor Moses, who are now serving a ban, are eligible to play the game as the Community Shield is basically a friendly, and not a competitive fixture. He's the second part. "I put pressure on myself and it helps me to give my best".

'It's a trophy to fight for and we are looking forward to playing it. Now we are only a few players.

"Too much competition for places is detrimental".

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