Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that Chelsea needs to bring in more players if they are to stand a chance of defending the Premier League title won in May.
Chelsea have so far signed three players and acquired Willy Caballero on a free transfer from Manchester City and are in the market for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo among a host of players linked with the club.
Ahead of the launch of the 2017/2018 Premier League which was held today in London, Conte who masterminded Chelsea to win the Premier League told Sky Sports Premier League;
“Yes, for sure. This league is not easy. Six teams are very strong and you must be prepared”.
“I hope to be able to improve our squad. The transfer market is not finished. We want to be competitive and we want to fight for the title again. The club knows my priorities”.
“It’s a great challenge for us to try and retain the title, but we are working hard”.
When asked about the exit of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United and the future of forward Diego Costa, the Italian added; “Matic knows very well what I think about him”.
“The importance for me about this player, who is a really good player, a top player, very important for our team, but sometimes you must accept this crazy transfer market”.
On Costa, Antonio Conte was quick to reply saying; “The way I think about Costa is the same,” he said on the Premier League launch show. “I think I was very clear; it’s not important to repeat it”.
“And sometimes you must accept different decisions. But he is a great loss for us.”
Chelsea brought in Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a club record fee and when Conte was asked his view on the 24 year old, the ex-Juventus player and manager said;
“Alvaro is a really good player, he’s still young despite having a lot of experience”.
“He needs to play regularly, he’s a player I trust a lot. I think he has good prospects for Chelsea – for now and the future”.
“Will he start this weekend? He’s working very well and starting to understand or idea of football”.
Elsewhere, former Liverpool player and Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Carragher has indicated that he does not expect to see the Italian at the helms of affairs at Chelsea in 12 months time.