Chelsea vs Burnley Preview – Premier League returnees Burnley make a trip to Stamford Bridge as they face Chelsea in Week 2 of the Barclays Premier League.
Chelsea seem to still be gelling under new manager Antonio Conte, needing late goals from Diego Costa to win their first two games against West Ham and Watford.
Chelsea’s major signing was the coup of N’Golo Kante from Leicester City, but Conte is still hoping to make a few more signings to strengthen the team.
Conte said: “I must be honest, I think we’ll have a problem to reach our targets. I hope, through this transfer market, to improve the squad but we understand our targets are very difficult to reach. I think most important thing is to work to improve the squad and improve your players. You know that when you start the season it is already very tough. It’s important to have many players to face these situations, but this market is very crazy and we are seeing that it’s very difficult to reach our targets.”
Burnley, who lost their first match against Swansea at home, produced a stunning display in their second game against Liverpool, where they emerged 2-0 winners. They’d be hoping they can take the momentum with them and kill another giant as they face Chelsea.
Burnley are the only team in the Barclays Premier League yet to spend a dime in transfer fees, and while their squad was good enough to get them easy promotion to the top flight, it might not be good enough to keep them there.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has meanwhile praised Chelsea’s squad, and hopes that his players will be able to stand their ground against such a team.
He said, “”You turn around and it’s, ‘Come on then,Cesc, get yourself warmed up. It’s not a bad position to be in! There lies the truth, or the gap, in the Premier League.Out there playing, that means nothing; it’s 11 players against you and you have to remind yourself of that, and the players do, they’ll take on the responsibility of dealing with that. When you look at the players they’ve got and depth of squad, it’s highly unlikely they won’t be up among it, so that’s a big challenge for us.”