Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that it is becoming increasingly difficult for other teams to compete with Manchester City, due to a combination of Pep Guardiola’s coaching skills and the heavy financial investment the club are prepared to make in their playing squad.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League fixture between the two sides at The Etihad, the Italian coach said:
“I have great admiration for Pep. He showed himself to be a great coach. I think that, now, it will be very difficult for other teams to fight Manchester City.
“When you have a great coach and the possibility to spend a lot of money and keep happy your coach and your staff, it’s difficult for the others. Very difficult.
“This is a great danger for the panoramic of the other teams. For a long time the situation is going to improve. Not to stop, but to improve for them.”
Chelsea have been in poor form the league so far in 2018, winning just one of their last four fixtures. This poor run of form has seen them drop to fifth place in the table.
So despite Conte’s admiration for Man City he will be aware that his side will more than likely need to return from Manchester tomorrow evening with at least a point otherwise their chances of finishing this season in the top four will be in serious jeopardy.