Man Utd's £40m Matic transfer was not Conte's decision
10 Agosto, 2017, 15:18
In explaining his departure, Conte admitted how highly he rates the combative midfielder - further entrenching the belief that Matic was sold to Manchester United against the Chelsea manager's wishes.
Factoring in every year since Abramovich's arrival in 2003, the figure averages out at 20.9, marking out this season's squad as a significant anomaly. In the other two finals, both with Real Madrid, he arrived as a late substitute.
"Mourinho is a fantastic coach and won everything wherever he went". He hasn't really played that much football. The 24 names that featured for the Blues included the exiled Costa and departing Loic Remy, as well as academy youngsters Andreas Christensen, Charly Musonda Jr., Jeremie Boga and Fikayo Tomori, who can list one Premier League appearance between them.
"It will be good to see what Morata is like on Saturday", Mee added. A significant proportion of overseas signings fail, and many of those who succeed still require a period of adjustment to a competition that poses unique physical and cultural challenges.
It is an enviable quality in a manager never to have eased his grip on a title.
By the time he abruptly quit his reigning champions, it seemed his greater fear was not that Juventus would be toppled from their domestic summit but that success might become too routine.
The England international is also concerned about the squad's depth following the departure of key players, such as Nemanja Matic, Asmir Begovic, Nathan Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah.
"I think he's more skilful than Costa". Let's get to it! Conte's wing-backs will be expected to provide quality crosses for the new target man.
Three weeks remain in the transfer window, leaving Chelsea plenty of time to secure the extra bodies they need before any lack of depth starts to bite.
But there was something going on.
At the Premier League launch in Central London on Wednesday, Conte would not be drawn into a discussion about Costa's future, insisting his position is "the same" as it has been all summer.