Frustrated by his team’s failure to land his top transfer target, Antonio Conte expects upcoming game against Everton will be a prelude to a last-minute shopping spree by Chelsea.
Since winning the Premier League last season, Conte has been telling Chelsea’s top brass that a host of new signings were badly needed in order for them to mount a strong defence of the EPL crown while also competing in the Champion’s League.
Last season, Chelsea’s players were quite rested and were almost free from injury allowing them to wrestle the title in a record setting fashion. Conte however knew that such good fortune might be jeopardy as his team is being plagued by injuries, suspensions and lack of success in the transfer market.
Their recent victory over Tottenham Hotspur came as a relief after they lost in their opening game. The win however did not dampen the Conte’s desire to sign more players before the transfer window closes by the end of the month.
The intense Italian has signed Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemue Bakayoko since last term. Everton on the other hand have out-spent them with a £40 million recruitment drive.
Conte has been trying to get midfielder Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City, Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. He is also eyeing Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente and Ross Barkley of Everton.
Getting two or three of those players could dramatically increase Conte’s chance. Conte was quick to underline the point after he was asked about his transfer plans. He said that the club is trying to strengthen Chelsea and are doing everything to achieve this.
“My focus is only on the pitch, then there is the club. The club is working hard and we will see what happens at the end of the transfer market.”
They will be facing tight schedules of seven games in three weeks by the time they return from international break. They could have Eden Hazard by then after Belgian international was called up despite not suiting up for Chelsea due to ankle injury.
Conte however knows that with or without the Belgian playmaker, Chelsea will be stretched to its limits.
“We are going to play seven games in a month, and I need to rotate the players. If someone is thinking that I can use only 11 players or 13 players, it’s impossible,” Conte said.
“I have to rotate these players. But we must be ready. We must be ready to face this situation.”
Diego Costa on the other hand remained in his hometown in Brazil after falling out with the Italian tactician.