Chelsea face selection problems in centre midfield with N'Golo Kante as the only fit and available senior player who performs in that role.
Tottenham: Whether Spurs can build the previous two seasons, after coming so close to the title behind Leicester and Chelsea, is uncertain. Such an unwanted record would only deepen the gloom, and the pressure, as Conte looks to put pressure on the club to make badly-needed signings.
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Safety measures for the Chelsea game mean Tottenham will not be able to fill all of Wembley's 90,000 seats, so they may have to wait to set a new record for a Premier League attendance. "I think we must do the same, because now we don't have this foundation like Tottenham", said the Italian prior to the two sides going head to head in the Premier League at Wembley on Sunday.
All of that is also exactly why there is said to be a state of readiness and eagerness around the training ground for this match, especially since Conte spent the early part of the week working on mentality, on the mood.
Pep Guardiola's City side host Everton on Monday night, in a match that will go some way to showing us how far Liverpool's local rivals have come this summer. This is then a game where they badly need to avoid defeat.
"If this game was at White Hart Lane we'd pile in to Spurs", he says.
"Every manager has a right to say in the media what they want". "It's a massive motivation for us and our fans to play against the Premier League champions".
Spurs defender Danny Rose made his feelings clear last week when he broke ranks to criticise the club's transfer policy, although Le Saux believes Spurs are boxing clever.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking forward to making Wembley his home for the next nine months, even if the English national stadium seemed like something from "another galaxy" as a child.
Chelsea will be without Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas after they were both sent off against Burnley last Saturday, while Eden Hazard, Pedro and Tiemoue Bakayoko all remain sidelined through injury. They simply gave themselves too much to do, having taken five games to get their first win in 2015-16 and having only won one of their first three in 2016-17. Spurs suffered their first loss of the season as the Blues responded from conceding a first Premier League goal in 601 minutes.
Conte's awareness of Chelsea's vulnerability has prompted his public complaints about the club's failure to strengthen his squad.