New Blues boss Antonio Conte watches his side take on West Ham this Sunday at Stamford Bridge. The Italian is charged with restoring the standards of old in the dressing room after a truly pathetic title defence, the worst in Premier League history. In the Hammers he’ll find a tough, ambitious opponent who have made a habit of winning tricky away ties.
Slaven Bilic has not only managed to keep star player Dimitri Payet, he’s also added a raft of talented performers to his ranks. Sofiane Feghouli scored in their recent Europa League win against Domzale while Andre Ayew arrived for a club record fee from Swansea.
But Conte will accept nothing but victory from the season opener. Expect him to be a twelfth man for Chelsea, kicking every ball on the touchline, gesticulating like a madman. This passion should surge the Blues to a narrow victory. Grinding out wins could be a theme for them.