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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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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is facing major injury concerns after losing a vital trio in a few days: Sergio Aguero (rib injury following a car crash in Amsterdam), Benjamin Mendy (who has ruptured the ACL) and captain Vincent Kompany.

And the Belgian defender has not recovered yet, as the Citizens’ manager confirmed speaking at a press conference ahead of Chelsea clash: “I spoke to Roberto Martinez and Kompany is travelling to Belgium to meet with the doctor – Guardiola said – Of course he can not play with Belgium.”

He added: “No way [will Kompany be fit to play against Chelsea], he didn’t make one training session with us since one month ago, the Gibraltar game”.

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On Saturday Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Pep Guardiola‘s team are top of the table now and the players are confident they can get a good result vs the reigning Premier League champions.

City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, for example, has a message for his rivals: “It’s a huge game and it’s away, so it’s even more difficult, but we feel ready”. – Gundogan said – If you ask the manager there is always something to improve but we know that we are a great team, we have great players and it’s just up to us to prove that every fourth day. It’s also about character, going to Stamford Bridge against the champions to play our game. We’re going to prove that we are ready for that and hopefully it will be a great game for us.”

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New York Times journalist Rory Smith claims there is a feeling this one will be Antonio Conte‘s last season at Chelsea.

Smith believes all the signs are pointing towards Conte leaving Stamford Bridge next summer.

The Italian coach recently signed a new contract but he didn’t extend the deal, he only agreed more lucrative terms: with all the disquiet coming from the Blues in the last weeks, it seems the moment Conte will depart from West London is not so far:

“There seems to be at Chelsea, a kind of understanding that this will be Conte’s last season whatever happens,” Smith claimed.

“Why? He’s never made it clear.

Mourinho at Manchester United is pretending he wants to be there for 10 years, just as [Pep] Guardiola is pretending he wants to be there [at Manchester City] for 10 years, they don’t.

“Managerial lifetimes last three to five years.

Pep Guardiola will not be at Manchester City for the next 10 years.

“Conte’s always made clear this is a short-term thing.

“I’m not 100 per cent certain his wife and daughter have moved to London yet.

“There has always been this whisper that he feels that two or three years will be enough and there were suggestions at the start of the season when he signed a deal for improved money but not greater length after winning the title.”

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Earlier today Spanish newspaper Marca claimed Manchester City have agree personal terms with Chelsea target Danilo and that a fee has still to be agreed between the English team and Real Madrid.

Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola now confirms no deal has been completed fot the Brazilian full-back: “We have many options for players who are coming, but Danilo is not done so until it is done I cannot say absolutely anything out of respect for other clubs, but he is an option that we have,” – Guardiola told reporters. – “I said he’s a player from Real Madrid, we are talking with not too much players, with three or four players to come and join us. Not just for next season but the next three, four, five years, because they are all young players.”

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Ex Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is going to reject higher wages at Chelsea to join his former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to reports from Brazil.

Goal.com Brazil reports that the 34-year-old right-back has received a €7m-per-year offer from the Blues but will reject it in favour of a €5m-per-year deal with Citizens, so that he can team up with his former coach at Blaugrana, Pep Guardiola.

Dani Alves played in Juventus in the past season but decided to leave the Italian side after losing the Champions League final in Cardiff against Real Madrid, claiming he wanted to play in the Premier League before the end of his career and that before that he needed to play in Serie A to improve his tactical skills.

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Manchester City have already signed Bernardo Silva from Monaco and goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica.

Thanks also to these to signings, Pep Guardiola is confident his team can close the gap on Chelsea and Tottenham and compete to win the Premier League next season.

“Always the leagues are complicated to win,” – Guardiola said. – “But of course we are going to close the gap between especially Chelsea and Tottenham, trying to be close for the next season.”

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