- Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has urged his board to strengthen in the transfer market
- The Blues boss has praised Manchester City for signing Pep Guardiola’s top targets
- Chelsea are now eleven points behind City in the Premier League table
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has sent a clear message to his board over the need to strengthen in the January transfer window after Manchester City’s superb run.
The Italian tactician has heaped praise on City for the way they’ve backed Pep Guardiola’s side in the transfer market, with the Sky Blues looking like running away with the Premier League title at the moment.
Chelsea won the league last season but are already eleven points behind leaders City after results over the weekend, and Conte has dropped a not-so-subtle hint that his side need more signings if they are to have any hope of a better second half of the campaign.
‘Manchester City’s path is incredible, no? I think Manchester City in this season is a strong team,’ Conte is quoted in the Metro.
‘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.
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‘If you want to reach something important it’s very important to have a good balance.’
Chelsea had a busy summer, but didn’t seem to land too many successful purchases based on performances so far.
Despite occasional links with bigger names, the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta arrived at Stamford Bridge, and none have looked particularly impressive so far.
City, meanwhile, have had plenty of joy with their new additions, with Kyle Walker and Ederson proving major upgrades in what were problem positions for the club last season.