Are you pleased with the squad?
“Honestly I am pleased because we are working very well with the team, the players, the commitment is incredible, better than last season. I am very happy because these players are working very well, working so hard. We are trying to improve.”
Feelings over transfers
“I think I am the coach of this team, my aim is to try to improve the players, the team. Whatever happens in the transfer window, the club are doing their best. My only task is to be focused on the pitch, training sessions and what happens on the pitch with the players. This must be my focus during this period.”
Where would you like more cover?
“I have already answered this question. I don’t like to speak about this question and send message to the press. The club knows very well what is my opinion. The club are trying to do their best in the transfer market.”
What about Costa?
“No news, no news.”
Difference with Chelsea this season?
“I don’t know if this season can be more difficult than last season. For sure we are champions and have to face every game in the right way.
“The other teams are going to put 120 per cent against us. We have to pay great attention in every game to have the right approach and intensity. We are working very hard to improve our team.”
Tough start, how do you view it?
“I think when you start a new season it is very important to think about ourselves and not see the other. To assess the other teams is not important to us.
“We have to think about ourself and try to improve our team. You know very well in Englanf there are six strong teams to fight for the title, it is normal this. I think with this season it will happen, this.”
Are Everton strong enough to compete?
“I think they are a really good team, a very good squad. They have Koeman who for me is a good coach and for sure they are trying to have another step and try to fight for the title and Champions League.
“I like this, to have many teams ready to fight for the title increases the level of the league. The level now is already high but to improve this level is okay.”
How is the squad better than last season?
“In the way they work in the training session. This season we are working very well and I must be pleased for the commitment of my players. They are working very well and it is a pleasure for me to see this every single day.”
Who are the favourites to win the title?
“At the start of the season it is simple to say there are six top teams that should fight for the title. Then you know very well there are the surprise in the last two years, Leicester and Chelsea. i think two teams won the league and it was a great surprise.”
What would be success?
“I think the most important thing for us is to try to do our best and in our work put 120 per cent every day. This is the most important thing for us.”
When will Costa be back?
“I don’t know.”
What about Burnley?
“They are a really good team and last season they had a good season and for sure we have to pay great attention tomorrow. The first game and in this moment for sure we are facing a different problems. We must be ready to try to do our best tomorrow.”
“Pedro is not available tomorrow because he is suffering from an injury during the Arsenal game. He wasn’t able to recover. A knock in his ankle.”
“Could be, also because there isn’t Moses tomorrow as he will miss for one game. It could be a chance for him to start. I have been impressed because he is a good player, strong physically and technically.”
Cahill as captain?
“I think this was a natural choice because he has played for many years, won with this club and I am happy for this.”
Message to those talking about Chelsea?
“I am not looking for sympathy from other coaches in this situation, this is my message. The situation is clear and I am not looking for sympathy. If the club decides to send on loan the players for development it means the players are not ready to play for Chelsea.”
Morata, ready to start?
“It is normal for me and for the players that start to work with me that they need time to adapt to our style of football. It is normal this.
“Alvaro is working well, improving a lot his physical condition and starting to understand what I want about him. For sure he needs time to understand to adapt to our style of football.
“For me the striker is a really important role and it is very important to understand the position I want in the game and it is more difficult to adapt than other roles.”