Belfast Telegraph

I don’t want sympathy over Blues’ lack of depth, maintains Conte

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte yesterday insisted he was “not looking for sympathy” over the size of his squad.

The Italian led the Blues to the Premier League trophy last season. But with a return to the Champions League resulting in additional fixtures, his squad size appears thin.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had an answer, pointing to Chelsea sending players out on loan, while former England captain turned pundit Alan Shearer said there was “something brewing which isn’t nice” at Stamford Bridge.

Conte said: “I’m not looking for sympathy.

“If the club decide to send players on loan for their development it’s because these players are not ready for Chelsea.”

Chelsea’s campaign opens against Burnley at home today. Conte added: “We are facing different problems. But we must be ready.”

One of the issues is that striker Diego Costa remains in exile. “No news,” Conte added.

Conte was asked when Costa might return. A spokesman intervened: “Nothing to report.”

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