Conte not worried by lack of signings despite Burnley shock

From BBC - August 12, 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he is "not worried" by the club's relative lack of signings this summer.

The Blues have signed four players for a combined 129m, but have seen a greater number leave, including John Terry and Nemanja Matic.

Their Premier League title defence began with a shock 3-2 home defeat by Burnley on Saturday, during which Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were sent off.

"The club are trying to do their best," said the Italian.

"I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players.

"I repeat: It is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way. No excuses."

As well as defender Terry and midfielder Matic, Chelsea have sold Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth, while last season's top scorer Diego Costa has been told he is free to leave.

The recruitment of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma and former Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero fills the gaps vacated by this quartet.


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