Rudiger Starts - Chelsea's Strongest Possible 3-4-3 XI vs Burnley

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Antonio Conte's side were brilliant last season, winning the Premier League with relative ease with only Tottenham providing any real competition.

No wonder the Italian coach cuts a frustrated figure heading into the start of Chelsea's Premier League title defense.

Brighton and Huddersfield, both playing in the top-flight for the first time in the post-1992 Premier League era, have been breaking their club transfer records.

Chelsea have brought in Tiemoue Bakayoko to replace Matic, while Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero have also been signed this summer.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will have to rev up his team for the upcoming EPL season after they finished sixth in the 2016-17 season. However, with Deigo Costa on his way out of Stamford Bridge and Eden Hazard missing the start of the season with a broken foot, just how much of a threat will they be to Manchester City is yet to be seen.

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.

The west London side are also expected to sell Spain global Diego Costa after Conte told the 28-year-old that he is free to leave.

"You know very well that in England there are six top teams ready to fight for the title".

Manchester City have spent almost £200million on new players this summer and Jenas believes they must be considered title favourites, although he insists it is the Champions League that boss Pep Guardiola really covets. There has been much debate over whether Sergio Aguero is Pep Guardiola's man up front but he still managed 20 goals in 31 Premier League starts previous year and looks the number one option going into the new season.

One of the issues is that striker Diego Costa, last season's top scorer, remains in exile.

"I hope to be able to improve our squad".

Defense wins titles, but goals are what the people want. We are getting a good price on the goals being scored and I think that is the way to go.

BT said that the England midfielder did have many offers from elsewhere before joining the broadcaster.

But the pair's mutual respect for each other meant they were sure to reunite in the future, with Conte telling Sky Sports: "Alvaro is a really good player, he's still young despite having a lot of experience".

It was the inevitable reaction to feeble title challenges that saw Guardiola's City finish 15 points behind the victorious Chelsea side in third place and Mourinho's United drift over the line nine points further adrift.

The Merseyside club has added two promising English players in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland and defender Michael Keane from Burnley, while Koeman looked closer to home to sign Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaassen from Ajax.

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