“I have to say that it is a odd move, it really is, to sell to one of your main rivals”.
Meanwhile, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez are the subject of interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, but their clubs say they will not be sold.
“This doesn’t seem quite the same, but at the same time we don’t know whether Matic wanted to leave”.
“Jose [Mourinho] will feel exactly the same at Manchester United“.
Rather than being a platform to build on to challenge for a first title since 1961, Tottenham’s ownership appears more focused on building its new stadium.
“There are a lot of variables that aren’t easy but from the outside, it does seem odd to let that player go to a direct rival – and he will improve them”. The Manchester club have an embarrassing wealth of attackers, but they needed to be better at the back, especially in the goal.
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As well as being without that duo, Conte’s task has been made more challenging by the fact that Eden Hazard is ruled out through injury until September at least, while new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has yet to train since arriving from Monaco. This was also highlighted by a record breaking 30 overall wins and the second highest total point tally in the Premier League era of 93.
“I have sympathy for him”.
“There’s responsibility on Bakayoko not just to bring the talents that he has – and he has many – but also the discipline to fit into the system”.
Assuming Rudiger starts ahead of Cahill, Chelsea under Antonio Conte have fully embraced the “expensive defender” model, with a pair of bargains in the form of Thibaut Courtois and Cesar Azpilicueta.
The last team to retain the Premier League was United in 2009 and Chelsea, which wasn’t in European competition last season, now has the Champions League clogging up the schedule.
“That’s the pressure he probably hasn’t had”.
“And I think what he has done this summer is flex his muscles a little bit, he is in a strong position, he had a great year last year, he did wonderful things at Chelsea“.
“When a player leaves a club, you do not normally see a manager speak so glowingly about them”, Neville told the Premier League launch show. A prolific scorer in both Spain and Italy, Morata could prove a shrewd transfer for a team seemingly keen to move on from Diego Costa, particularly if he nets more than Lukaku.
“It’s the most competitive league in the world and it’s becoming more competitive as we go on.” he added. “He’s working very well and starting to understand or idea of football”.
“I do think he’s got the natural talent to come in and score the 20-plus goals that Diego Costa scored a year ago”.
Can he continue to deliver for a Cherries side determined to build on last year’s ninth-placed finish? “It’s gone beyond now and it’s time [for him] to go”.
A dismal title defence and the shock sacking of Claudio Ranieri raised questions about the players’ character, but a run to the Champions League quarter-finals under Craig Shakespeare augured well.
“I am not happy”, said Benitez, a Champions League victor with Liverpool, “but at the same time for me it’s a challenge”.
“I think they’ve bought well – it’s just a case of numbers”, he insisted.