| 10.5°C Dublin

Conte: City could leave rest of the Premier League behind them


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is concerned Manchester City’s “incredible” improvement this season could leave the rest of the Premier League behind.

Conte’s defending champions rescued a late point at Liverpool on Saturday, with Willian’s unexpected cross-shot finding the top corner to cancel out Mohamed Salah’s opener.

In terms of the title battle that still represented two points dropped for the Blues, who sit 11 points behind leaders City following their 2-1 win over Huddersfield.

Conte believes Pep Guardiola’s work in the summer transfer market was crucial in taking City to the next level and is mindful another round of spending could be coming when the window reopens.

“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 made an optimistic pitch about his side’s prospects, banking on the hectic winter fixture list to derail Guardiola and company. “December is a very tough month. Maybe they drop some points,” he said.