Antonio Conte is worried Manchester City’s “incredible” improvement this season could leave the rest of the Premier League behind.
“Manchester City’s path is incredible, no?” said the Italian.
“I think Manchester City in this season is a strong team. Also last season, Manchester City was 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, in the future. For this reason we must be worried because if we want to compete with Manchester City we have to work and then make the best decisions in the transfer market.”
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois mentioned his side’s prospects, feeling the hectic winter fixture list to derail Guardiola and company.
“December is a very tough month. Maybe they drop some points,” he said.
“We have to be there to keep on winning and hopefully close down on them, then towards the end of the season maybe overtake them. But at the moment they are the best team in the league and it’s hard for them to drop points.”
If Chelsea are to mount a credible defence of their trophy it seems increasingly likely to built on the shoulders of Eden Hazard.
“I think he was brilliant, I think Eden is a wonderful player and maybe the best in the league,” he said.
“If you saw, in the first half especially, how easy he gets past three or four people like they are cones it is amazing. We are not speaking about players who play on a lower level, like if you play in the FA Cup or League Cup, we play against Liverpool with top players and he passed them like it was nothing.”
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