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Chelsea will only get better under Antonio Conte after crushing Burnley

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol says that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has done a fantastic job at getting his players to buy in.
Chelsea handled matters early at Stamford Bridge with a comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that despite performing well against Burnley, Eden Hazard can still improve.
Chelsea handled matters early at Stamford Bridge with a comfortable 3-0 win over Burnley.

LONDON -- If the big question for most after Chelsea's commanding 3-0 win over Burnley was whether they can keep this up against better opposition, Antonio Conte offered a reality check. It just wasn't the of the type reality check intended, and is perhaps more intimidating than the nature of the performance.

"For the whole game, we played good football," he said. "But we know we can improve -- we must improve."

Conte was inverting the question. He doesn't wan't Chelsea to keep this up. He...

 By Mark Worrall

Eden Hazard inspires Chelsea in Antonio Conte's perfect start

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol gave his reaction to Chelsea's win over Burnley.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol gave his reaction to Chelsea's win over Burnley.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol gave his reaction to Chelsea's win over Burnley.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol gave his reaction to Chelsea's win over Burnley.

Chelsea cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, making it three Premier League wins out of three for new manager Antonio Conte.

The Blues bossed the game from start to finish, and the result was never in doubt from the ninth minute when Eden Hazard opened the scoring. Willian doubled the home side's advantage just before half-time, and Victor Moses, who replaced the Brazil international in the 77th minute, wrapped up proceedings with a late goal.

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Klopp's Tottenham test, Tigers for Mourinho as Wenger battles Hornets

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno and Mark Donaldson predict week 3's Premier League fixtures.

Liverpool's trip to Tottenham is the headline match from the final round of Premier League fixtures before the international break. Jurgen Klopp's men will be looking to bounce back following their shock 2-0 defeat at Burnley last time out.

Elsewhere, Manchester United travel to Hull City, who are surprisingly defending a 100 percent record in the Premier League so far. That's not the case for Leicester, though, with the defending champions hosting Swansea still searching for their first win of...

 By Phil Lythell

Antonio Conte and Chelsea must be wary of bullish Burnley's threat

Antonio Conte says Diego Costa is an important part of his Chelsea side.

With two Premier League wins already in the bag, Chelsea might be forgiven for relishing the visit of Burnley this coming Saturday. Having already overcome two surprise packages from last season in West Ham and Watford, the newly promoted club from Lancashire should -- on paper, at least -- represent an even smoother path to victory.

The Blues would be well-advised, however, to treat Sean Dyche's well-drilled team with respect and any premature thoughts of an easy ride will surely have been eradicated...

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AC Milan must keep Alessio Romagnoli at all costs amid Chelsea interest

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson address the day's rumour mill.

If speculation is to be believed, Chelsea's search for a new defender this summer has taken them from Naples to Turin, and now it appears as though Milan is the latest stop on Antonio Conte's recruitment tour.

The Premier League giants had a bid "in excess of €25 million" rejected by AC Milan for centre-back Alessio Romagnoli this week, although they could yet continue to test the resolve of the Rossoneri between now and transfer deadline day on Aug. 31. It's a concerning time for Milan...

Can Antonio Conte tame Diego Costa before the striker's luck runs out?

Antonio Conte stresses how important Diego Costa is to Chelsea's success this season.

When you are as street as I am, you tend to stay way ahead of the curve, which is why I was already aware of the new word that the Urban Dictionary recently introduced.

Wenger (noun) -- a person unwilling to spend money.

While "Wenger" has officially moved to cliché status, I remain cutting edge and propose a new evocative football expression for the UD to consider :

Diego (noun) -- a talented tool who you only like when he's on your team. (synonym -- see Bellamy, Craig)

I realize that there...