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Chelsea vs. Burnley: Time, Channel & Lineup

15 August 2017

Pedro's absence and Chelsea's general shortage of options could force Conte to start Morata alongside Michy Batshuayi against Burnley, though he admitted the Spain global is still some way off being fully adapted to his tactical demands.

Crowned kings of England just three months ago, Conte's side open their campaign at home to Burnley on Saturday arguably in worse shape than when they paraded the Premier League trophy in front of their jubilant fans in May. Alarm bells were raised, but Conte has insisted that he and his plays will re-watch the game and analyse their mistakes to ensure it doesn't happen again. They kept title favourites Manchester City at bay for 70 minutes before The Citizens stamped their class on the game to run out two-nil winners. It took Burnley to the end of the season to register a victory on the road last season but they managed to register one in their first game this season and against reigning champions Chelsea. Conte has appeared relentlessly unsettled or unhappy.

Conte gave 20-year-old academy graduate Jeremie Boga a debut against Burnley and had four untested youngsters - Charly Musonda, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Kyle Scott - on the bench.

After the elation of winning of the Premier League at the first time of trying-and his fourth consecutive league title at club level-it's been a hard summer for Antonio Conte.

"When you see the players we lost, and the players we have signed in, they are not the same", Azpilicueta told reporters.

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"So we need players, also for the development of the young players, they need help from senior players, from top players, not to rush them in a position where maybe they are not ready to go at the moment but they will be in the future".

He has however warned that Chelsea must build on that success. "He's starting to understand what I want about him during the game".

Bakayoko arrives at Stamford Bridge with a burgeoning reputation having starred for Monaco last season, but he will need time to reach match fitness after a disrupted pre-season. It's far from ideal for a side already playing catch-up.

It was a tough opening day fixture for Brighton and Hove Albion, who welcomed Man City to the Amex Stadium for their first top flight encounter since 1983. "You have to fight against other teams".

Chelsea vs. Burnley: Time, Channel & Lineup