Chelsea boss Conte: We need Bakayoko - and another midfield signing


Lampard has no doubt that Matic's arrival will make United stronger. He said: "He is one of our best players to take a penalty".

"It was a big deal when Chelsea sold Petr Cech to Arsenal". In last Friday's press conference he abruptly shut down a question on Matic, brusquely attributing the decision to the board.

Top of Conte's wish list is reinforcements in both full-back positions with Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier their top target after Danilo joined Manchester City.

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The signing of Bakayoko meant that, had Matic stayed, he would have been forced to accept the role of a benchwarmer.

"There's pressure, but coming for £40 million from Monaco after a great season, the pressure was going to be there regardless", Lampard added.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had an answer, pointing to Chelsea sending numerous players out on loan, but Conte insisted: "I'm not looking for sympathy of any coaches for this situation".

It leaves Chelsea needing a new midfielder as well as reinforcements at wing back in the final days of the transfer window. Maybe I'm talking out of turn but you would have thought so.

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Ten minutes into the second half, Conte withdrew Fabregas and threw on new signing Marcos Alonso for his first Premier League appearance. He won't have had anything like it in Italy or Spain. These are the most important things for us. "He's working very well and starting to understand our idea of football".

Champions: Manchester City. Pep let me down last season but he has had a year to find his feet and made some serious (and seriously expensive) upgrades to his squad this summer.

Costa's rollercoaster Chelsea career is ending in acrimonious fashion, but Lampard thinks now is the right time for player and club to part ways.

Since being drenched in champagne by his jubilant players at the climax of their title-winning campaign, Conte has become embroiled in disputes with his employers over a new contract and transfer issues. "It's gone beyond now and it's time [for him] to go". For example, when I was with Juventus I did not score more than 20 goals. He's a very select player who's a top, top striker, but when the position goes so far it's hard to put it back.

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho came in amidst much fanfare last season. "They've had an outflux, a lot of players have gone but majority were squad players and young players who probably won't affect the first XI that much. I know twice as many people are paying attention to me".

"The players want to avoid the bad season they had with Mourinho".

Warning his players not to rest on their laurels, Conte said: "We know the next season will be tough". Morata also has a wealth of Champions League experience, which should help him shine for the Blues as they return to competing on European club soccer's biggest stage this season. You have to have faith in the manager.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.