- Antonio Conte has revealed his fears ahead of Chelsea's EPL title defence
- The Blues boss believes his players are already tired ahead of their title defence
- The 48-year-old is planning to fill the bench with young players in their Community Shield tie against Arsenal
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has admitted that he fears that his players are already burnt out ahead of their Premier League title defence.
The Italian tactician believes his players are very tired after their pre-season tour of Asia and that gives him worry ahead of the start of season.
The Blues manager who has a Community Shield encounter against rivals Arsenal on Sunday, August 6, is already planning to fill the bench with young players in that tie.
Conte said: "My players are very tired because they played three games in seven days in high temperatures and humidity.
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"Players are always the same, they will be tired. It is important to come back to London and rest.
"Against Arsenal some young players will be on the bench."
Chelsea who were crowned 2016/17 EPL champions will begin their title defence against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
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