Chelsea started their Premier League title defence with a shock 3-2 defeat at the hands of Burnley on Saturday.
However, the Blues face a herculean task of retaining the title they won in May, and also make a statement in Europe, and the reasons cannot be far-fetched; their rivals have heavily invested in their squad and they have been be able to keep hold of their star players.
Arsenal have signed Alexandre Lacazette – and the Frenchman wasted no time in registering his name on the Premier League scoring chart as he grabbed the Gunners first goal against Leicester City on Friday- and they are as well making breakthrough in securing the future of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Pep Guardiola has spent around £200 million to sign five key players at Manchester City while Liverpool and Manchester United have also added quality names to their squad.
On the contrary, Chelsea have lost Nemanja Matic to one of their biggest rivals Manchester United and prolific striker Diego Costa is on his way out of the club after being told by Conte that he has no future at the club while Eden Hazard also wants a move to Real Madrid – though it is not certain Conte will sanction the sale of another star player this summer.
Chelsea have brought in four players in Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata and Willy Cabalero but the Premier League champions still look light in numbers as they have lost more players.
With the Champions League added to their challenge this season, Conte needs a bigger squad to compete effectively both domestically and in Europe.
At the moment Chelsea don’t seem to have the strength in depth to face Europe big guns. In the light of that, it is necessary Conte strengthens his midfield, defence and the wing-backs to challenge for the Premier League title again this term.
With John Terry, Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma out of the club, signing Antonio Rudiger alone is not enough to make for three departures. Bringing in another centre-back is a necessity for Conte if he wants premier league and Champions League glory.
Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso were in excellent form for Chelsea last season at the left and right wing-backs respectively, but they only played once a week, keeping them refreshed before the next match. This season, Conte need to get a player for each position or someone that can play on either wing.
The departure of Nemaja Matic has left a significant gap in Chelsea midfield. Conte is left with Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko as their central midfielders. Adding a quality midfielder to the aforementioned three will add more depth to the team.