Antonio Conte: 'Nemanja Matic is a great loss to Chelsea'

The midfielder rejoined Jose Mourinho for £40million, opting to leave last season's Premier League champions for Old Trafford.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has once again opened up on the exit of Nemanja Matic, who has signed for their Premier League rivals, Manchester United. Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League previous year.

"There is a lot of games, it's a long season but I expect us to do well".

Matic made his competitive debut for Manchester United when the Red Devils were beaten 2-1 by Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup last week.

"We played against a very good side".

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"They are getting rid of players who are experienced and from who you know exactly what you're going to get".

"We had an opportunity to equalise, Marcus (Rashford) had a good chance and didn't score, unluckily for us, but this is football". Is Tiemoue Bakayoko a similar type of player to Matic? "Because now we have only three midfielders and we need another midfielder".

"There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a unusual move".

Lukaku had earlier ballooned a shot over the crossbar with the goal gaping but reacted smartly to steer the ball home after Matic's effort had been parried by Keylor Navas.

"It is hard job to play against a team that dominates the possession - and he tried", Mourinho said of his striker.

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"He had a good fight against two good central defender and I am happy with this period and how he fits into - I am never exhausted to repeat - an wonderful group".

Matic was frustrated with the result but has called on United to turn their full focus to Sunday's league opener against West Ham.

Phil Jones and Eric Bailly come back into contention for the Old Trafford clash as their suspension only covers European matches, swelling the Red Devils' defensive options. You saw that in the Uefa Super Cup game - he'll fit very well in there.

"We have Cesc Fabregas and we are trying to find another midfielder".

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