Rudiger likely to start, Pedro to miss out


Rooney also played in both legs of the Europa League third qualifying round against Slovakian side MFK Ruzomberok.

"I can't think of a reason why Chelsea would sell him", Neville told Sky. "This season, at this moment, I agree with people who think this".

Lampard hasn't played competitive football since he left New York City past year.

However, the main worry for the Chelsea supporters will be a possible repetition of the 2015/16 season, when they hovered just a few points above the relegation zone at Christmas, as they went on to finish 10th by the end of the season.

"Frank needs no introduction as a Chelsea and England legend and he has already shown in his first appearances as a broadcaster that he is going to be a shrewd and insightful expert", He added. He is a player valued the most by his teammates, as opposed to their fanbase, and Bakayoko has his work cut out trying to replicate his stony brilliance when he returns in September.

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Lampard, who scored 147 times for the Blues in the top flight, feels Conte is the best possible man in charge of the club where he spent 13 hugely successful seasons.

Their pre-season has been a good one, although they have faced two lower league sides, an Irish team, two from the Championship and Celta Vigo of Spain, they remained unbeaten with four wins and two draws so they will come into the game with confidence at least.

Asked why he was down on his team's prospects, Conte again eluded to transfer business when he replied: "I have always answered this question, not only once but twice, three times".

Chelsea managed an incredible thirty wins during their title win in Antonio Conte's debut season including a 3-0 home victory over tomorrow's opposition. Even in the home game against Chelsea back in February they proved their Premier league worth as they fort back from an early Pedro goal to draw the game 1-1. "For me the striker is a really important role and it's really important to understand what I want from the position". The phrase "120%" was the most common motif in his last address before the season begins.

While one could argue that these are all quality signings, there is no doubt that Chelsea boasts a weaker squad than last season, following what felt like a fire-sale of players this summer. I want to win. But sometimes you must accept this insane transfer market, and sometimes you must accept different decisions. "Not so much, but sometimes".