Conte has also penned a new Chelsea contract that did not extend his term at Stamford Bridge and he was evidently tired in the face of questions regarding further new singings after last weekend’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield.
We’ve seen it with Nathan Ake, who scored a late victor against Liverpool last season to help Bournemouth to a 4-3 victory.
Palace fans started the season with renewed optimism amid De Boer’s appointment as manager but they will be anxious by their woeful performanc, which suggests another year of struggle.
Chelsea go into this game with a number of key players unavailable. Is Tiemoue Bakayoko, a £35million signing, a similar type of player to Matic?
In other results of matches also played on Saturday, Miguel Britos scored a controversial 93rd-minute equaliser for Watford as Liverpool were held 3-3 in a thrilling game at Vicarage Road.
Burnley – It was a decent season for it last time, but this one will be far tougher and it hasn’t signed the quality to keep its status in the Premier League. Despite this, news regarding his assumed exit to Atletico Madrid remains sparse. Their only absentee is the injured Dean Marney.
In his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game Antonio Conte was quick to praise his squad and the commitment they have shown in preparation for the new Premier League season. “We’ll have a game-plan and I’m sure we’ll have the same game-plan regardless of whoever plays up front”. They were the best team by far last season and I still think a lot of that quality is there, ‘ said the 39-year-old former England worldwide, who is now a BT Sport pundit.
Chelsea has endured a frustrating transfer window and a shortage of arrivals, along with the club loaning out a host of players, has led some to question the strength of Conte’s squad. “It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good”, Conte said.
Burnley FC’s Ben Mee (C) looking forward to leave Stamford Bridge with surprise win over Chelsea. My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team. “I have been impressed because he is a good player, strong physically and technically”. “I think honestly if you have to give an evaluation on paper, it’s right to not put Chelsea as a favourite”.
And Chelsea made a worrying start to their Premier League opener when new club captain Gary Cahill was sent off for a reckless challenge.
As a result of the Spanish global moving out to the flanks, Antonio Rudiger comes into the back three to make his competitive debut alongside David Luiz and captain Gary Cahill.
Meanwhile, the absence of both Eden Hazard and Pedro means Chelsea are short in the winger positions of their 3-4-3 system.
The arrivial of substitute Alvaro Morata lifted Chelsea in the second half, and despite their numerical disadvantage, they hinted at a fightback.