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Chelsea's potential XI for 2016/17 season

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To say Chelsea's 2015/16 campaign was a disappointment would be an understatement.

Lacklustre performances from big names such as Diego Costa and Eden Hazard cost Jose Mourinho his job and the west London club ultimately had to settle for 10th spot in the Premier League.

However, the arrival of Antonio Conte in the managerial hot seat this summer, fresh off the back of leading Italy to the Euro 2016 quarter finals, has the Stamford Bridge faithful in optimistic mood heading into the 2016/17 season.

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With the big money arrival of Michy Batshuayi likely to be backed up with the signing of N'Golo Kante in the coming days, the expectation is that Chelsea will return to the top end of the table this year.

But, what exactly will an Antonio Conte XI look like?

Looking at the team assembled below, it could be a very competitive one indeed...

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GOALKEEPER: Thibaut Courtois

Nailed on to start between the sticks, the Belgian was one of the only players to escape last season with their reputations enhanced.

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LEFT-BACK: Cesar Azpilicueta

If, as many expect, Conte forgoes his favoured three at the back tactics to combat the style of the Premier League, Azpilicueta will be the man to provide lung-busting runs up the left flank.

Swansea City v Chelsea - Premier League

CENTRE-BACK: John Terry

Out of favour at times last season, the former England captain could benefit from Conte's preference for an experienced head at the back.

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CENTRE-BACK: Kalidou Koulibaly (Gary Cahill)

Chelsea are keen to bring the Napoli defender in to sure up a defence that leaked 53 league goals last term. If they are unwilling to pay the £50 million price tag, Cahill would step in.

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RIGHT-BACK: Branislav Ivanovic

Getting on a bit, but still has the technical know-how and engine to be an effective right back at Stamford Bridge.

Norwich City v Chelsea - Premier League

MIDFIELD: N'Golo Kante

With his arrival from Leicester all but confirmed, the Frenchman will bring a much-needed competitive edge to Chelsea's midfield. A key piece for Conte.

Chelsea v Leicester City - Premier League

MIDFIELD: Nemanja Matic

Matic will provide further defensive cover in the centre of the field, allowing Chelsea's attacking threats to exploit the opposition.

Chelsea v Leicester City - Premier League

LEFT WING: Eden Hazard

A disappointment in Chelsea blue last season, the one-time Real Madrid target showed glimpses of his ability to beat a man during Belgium's Euro 2016 campaign.

Wales v Belgium - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016

ATTACKING MIDFIELD: Cesc Fabregas (Oscar)

Fabregas could benefit from a more attacking role under Conte. His ability to pick out a pass in and around the box will be crucial.

Italy v Spain - Round of 16: UEFA Euro 2016

RIGHT WING: Willian

In the 4-2-3-1 formation, Willian would have the opportunity to roam in from the right and link up with Hazard, Fabregas and co.

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CENTRE-FORWARD: Michy Batshuayi (Diego Costa)

The new signing looks set to take on Diego Costa's role as the team's focal point up front. With 17 goals in 36 appearances for Marseille, he could be an ideal fit for Premier League football.

Hungary v Belgium - Round of 16: UEFA Euro 2016

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Topics:
Football
Premier League
Frank Lampard
Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois
John Terry
Eden Hazard
Francesc Fabregas

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