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Gary Cahill worried by size of Chelsea squad ahead of new season

Gary Cahill hopes that Chelsea remain injury-free this season as they are relying on quality over quantity in terms of their squad.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has confessed that the Premier League champions are relying on players remaining fit this season due to the small squad size.

The Blues stormed to the Premier League title last time around, finishing seven points ahead of closest challengers Tottenham Hotspur after racking up a record number of wins.

Boss Antonio Conte has already lost Nemanja Matic, Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic and Juan Cuadrado on permanent deals this summer, while 20 others have gone out on loan.

Following the penalty-shootout defeat to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Cahill admitted that a quick glance at the matchday programme - which had just 20 Chelsea players listed, compared to the Gunners' 41 - highlights a potential problem.

"The back of the programme was interesting today," he told reporters. "But in terms of quality we've certainly got that and you just have to hope we don't have too many injuries.

"Obviously the new players that have just come, they're going to be vitally important for us and the quicker they settle, the better, but there's no doubt we've added quality to the team.

"They are going to be tested 100%. We'll see how that plays out, but we just have to keep everybody fit, keep everybody sharp. Rest is going to be important because we're going to have a lot of games."

Chelsea, who have Champions League football to contend with this season following a one-year hiatus, begin their title defence with a home match against Burnley on Saturday.

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18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
3Liverpool27159361313054
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley279992124-336
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
9Everton2797113246-1434
10Bournemouth2787123141-1031
11Watford2786133747-1030
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
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