Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has urged his club to sign players in January or risk falling further behind league leaders Manchester City, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The Italian coach was left furious during the summer as his club missed out on several of his first-choice targets, including Alex Sandro, Kyle Walker, and Romelu Lukaku.
‘Manchester City’s path is incredible, no? I think Manchester City in this season is a strong team.
‘Also last season, Manchester City were a fantastic team. Then, after the transfer market, they bought their first targets and then they have improved a lot.
‘They can do this also in January maybe and in the future. For this reason, we must be worried because if we want to compete with Manchester City we have to work and make the best decisions in the market.
‘If you want to reach something important it’s very important to have a good balance.’ said the Chelsea manager.
Despite Saturdays 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield, leaving Chelsea 11 points behind City, Conte still believes his side have a chance of regaining the Premier League title they won so impressively last season, but to do so he will need top quality reinforcements in January.
The added pressure of Champions League football has placed a major strain on the Stamford Bridge clubs squad this season, so Conte should get his wish, and be given funds to spend in order to strengthen his squad when the transfer window opens in just over a months time.
The January transfer window is a difficult time to attract the very best players however, as many will already be cup tied and rival clubs may be unwilling to sell mid-season, therefore there is no guarantee that Conte will be able to sign the top-class players he wants so badly.