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Only José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have been better than current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who won 50 of his 73 Premier League games as manager.

The Italian boss reached an important mark following a slow start to the season and his outstanding 2016/17 campaign, when the Blues lifted the Premier League title.

Mourinho got 50 wins after only 63 games in charge at Chelsea, while Pep Guardiola reached the target with Manchester City this season as well.

 

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Bernardo Silva condemns Chelsea to the third away defeat in a row with a goal at 48′ at Etihad Stadium today.

Manchester City won 1-0 summing up other 3 points and reaching 78 in the table: Pep Guardiola‘s guys are now 4 wins closer to their Premier League title, maintaining 18 points on the second placed team, in this moment Liverpool (60) , since Manchester United ( 59) have got a game in hand ( tomorrow night against Crystal Palace).

Chelsea, on the other hand, remain 5th in the table with 53 points, 5 less than Spurs ( 4th with 58) and now their chances to qualify for next Champions League are even more feeble.

The game, actually, wasn’t spectacular, with City trying to create dangerous chances but not succeeding and Chelsea waiting to counter-attack.

Bernando Silva went close to score a couple of times also in the first half, but his efforts weren’t successful.

He was awarded in the beginning of the second half, when Gundogan and Agüero showed their class in a terrific play, Christensen wasn’t good in clearance and David Silva put in a cross that the Portuguese was ready to take for a tap-in.

Chelsea didn’t have the strength to react and so they came back to London, again, with 0 points.

 

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is aware that beating Manchester City next Sunday would be really hard:

“In this moment they seem unstoppable,” Conte said on Friday.

“We must have great admiration for this team because they are having a fantastic path in this season.

“Sometimes it’s very difficult to find a weakness in this team.”

City finished third, 15 points behind Chelsea, in Guardiola’s first season in charge, but now are champions elect.

Asked the reason for the turnaround in such a short space of time, Conte’s answer hinted at his season-long frustration with Chelsea.

“When you work very well and there is a great feeling between the manager and the club, you can work in the way you want, to try to improve your team in the best way,” Conte added.

“Manchester City has the possibility to spend a lot of money. When you link this situation, good manager, much money to spend in the transfer market, the same ambition, this is the final result.”

Chelsea will try to avoid three successive away Premier League defeats for the first time in five years.

After last Sunday’s loss at Old Trafford Conte admitted missing out on the top four and Champions League qualification and he called for the Blues to “fight” to secure a top-four spot:

“It won’t be easy. There are many teams very strong,” the Italian added.

“We must be ready to fight and try to get a place for next season in the Champions League.”

 

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In his press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game vs Manchester City, the Blues manager Antonio Conte revealed Ross Barkley will be part of the team who will travel to Manchester.

Ross Barkley trained with us this week and now he’s recovered from his injury,” Conte told reporters. “He will come with us and then I will decide if I find a place on the bench for him, or if he will be in the stand for another week.”

However, David Luiz, Ethan Ampadu and Tiemoue Bakayoko are injured and they will miss the big match vs Pep Guardiola‘s side.

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On Sunday Chelsea will face Manchester City: Pep Guardiola‘s side are top of the league and they are just few weeks away from winning the Premier League title.

On the other hand the Blues are fighting for a spot in the top four and in the next Champions League, but Chelsea manager Antonio Conte want to be closer to Manchester City beginning from next season and so he invites the London club to share his ambitions.

It is not a question for me about ambition, the club has to show ambition. The coach works every day every hard, but the club has to show ambition”. Conte said and then added about Manchester City:  “We must have great admiration for them, because they are having a fantastic season, it is very difficult to find a weakness in this team. When you work very well and there is great feeling, then you can work the way you want to improve your team. Also City have chance to spend a lot of money, and when you link a good manager and that much money, this is the final result.” 

 

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Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola, speaking at a press conference ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash against Arsenal, gave also an injury update on Raheem Sterling and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.

When asked if the winger could feature against the Gunners, Guardiola said: “Raheem is much, much better. I don’t know if he can play tomorrow but hopefully Chelsea on Sunday or Basel in the Champions League.”

The manager has confirmed Fernandinho will miss he game at Emirates Stadium due to a hamstring injury, with also Yaya Toure sidelined on the bench: the Ivorian star has not played for five games so far.

 

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Manchester City are killing the Premier League this season: Pep Guardiola‘s side trash Bournemouth 4-0 in this 19 fixture and collect their 16 win in a row – a record for the Premier League – with 90 goals scored in only 19 games.

The Citizens won with goals by Sergio Aguero ( brace) Raheem Sterling and Danilo and now are topping the table with 55 points, 14 more than Manchester United ( who sit second) that have to face Leicester City tonight and have the chance to reduce the gap to 11 points, should they win.

Chelsea remain third in the table with 39 points, but after today’s draw at Everton the chances to be back in the title race are really reduced to the minimum.

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On Sunday, Manchester United will face Manchester City at Old Trafford and Chelsea and the Blues manager Antonio Conte hope to narrow the gap with Pep Guardiola‘s side.

During his press conference ahead of Chelsea game vs West Ham, Conte tried to predict the result of the Manchester derby.

It’s very difficult to see two defeats in a row for a great team, it’s very difficult,” – Conte said about Manchester City – “Usually, it’s very difficult to see two defeats in a great team from my experience, but at the same time, Manchester United can beat Manchester City. ‘It was better if Manchester City didn’t lose the game against Shakhtar for these stats. For sure I’ll watch the game, I love football, I love to watch this type of game,’ said Conte. ‘For sure it will be a big game, both teams are very strong, very good, maybe the best in this league, for this reason I think it’ll be right to watch this game.”

 

 

 

 

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea appeals during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Manchester, England.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is afraid Manchester City could be unstoppable in this Premier League title race:

“I must be honest, now they are playing very well and it is very difficult to think that you can catch them,” said the Italian coach about Pep Guardiola‘s side.

“If they continue in this way it will be very difficult for every team to fight for the title. We have to try to fight until the end. For sure it won’t be easy.”

The Blues boss also took a little dig to Chelsea board regarding the transfer market:

“Man City were very strong, a very good team last season. This season they work very well in the transfer market and after this it was a team that showed to be very strong. The football is strange, it is very difficult now to predict who will win.

“I think they are having a positive path and it will be difficult for other teams.

“The reality is that Manchester City is a really dangerous team, not just England but the world. They have a fantastic team, a great manager and a great strategy, which they showed in the transfer market.

“Man City will be a great danger for this league and for the world, they can fight and win everything. They are working very well and I am worried because they are working very well.”

 

 

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Kevin de Bruyne was the man who condemned Chelsea to the second season defeat tonight.

The Belgian was the match-winner with an amazing shot half-way in the second part.

Citizens deserved the three points, having tried harder than Chelsea to reach them, especially in the second halfhalf, where Conte’s team was literally outplayed.

The Blues lost Morata, who was repacled by Willian and missed a chance to score after a few minutes, in the middle of the first half – probably a hamstring injury- and, apart of a couple of chances, never gave the impression they could overcome City.

If Chelsea didn’t suffer a worse defeat it is mostly thanks to his defenders, who were under pressure the entire game and only surrended to. De Bruyne’s amazing goal.

Eden Hazard was probably Chelsea most dangerous man, with a couple of chances saved by City’s keeper Ederson, but it seemed too lonely in the middle of the attack, especially after Morata left the pitch.

Willian, Fabregas and Bakayoko’s performances were heavily disappointing, with Kante who couldn’t do his usual job in the midfield, having been left alone.

Man City are now top of the table again with 19 points, along with Manchester United who won 4-0 over Crystal Palace today, while Chelsea sit fourth with 13. Spurs are third with 14,having beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 this afternoon.

 

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