Michael Owen sends worrying message to Chelsea fans about summer transfers

The Liverpool legend believes Chelsea look weaker than last season despite making four summer signings

Liverpool legend Michael Owen Photo: BT Sport

Michael Owen admits Chelsea look a weaker team despite their summer transfer activity.

The Premier League champions suffered defeat in their first game of the 2017-18 season after Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties to get their hands on the Community Shield.

The Blues broke the deadlock in the second half thanks to Victor Moses’ close-range finish before Arsenal summer signing Sead Kolasinac levels with 12 minutes remaining.

Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata missed their spot-kicks to hand Arsenal the Community Shield trophy.

Manager Antonio Conte is looking to retain the Premier League title after the former Juventus boss led Chelsea to the top-flight crown in his first season in charge.

The Italian has already signed Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero, AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Real Madrid’s Morata this summer.

However, the Chelsea squad appears to lack depth following the exit of six players in the summer transfer window despite competing on four fronts next term.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Owen was alarmed to witness Chelsea’s poor performance despite investing in new playing staff this summer.

Owen wrote on Twitter: “I thought Chelsea were the team to beat this season but today was worrying. Not often a team looks weaker after a summers transfer activity.”

Chelsea will start the defence of their Premier League crown with a home clash against Burnley on Saturday.

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