18 Apr 2018

Antonio Conte fears Manchester City dominance after Pep Guardiola takes Chelsea's crown

Antonio Conte fears Manchester City can go on to dominate the Premier League after clinching the title this season with ease.

Pep Guardiola’s side were crowned champions on Sunday after their closest challengers Manchester United lost 1-0 at home to West Brom.

Manchester City are 16 points clear of Manchester United and are poised to break a number of records, including Chelsea’s tally of 95 set in 2005.

Guardiola has already spent £448m on players since taking over two years ago, but he is already looking to pay out another £200m on at least three high profile signings.

And Conte, who failed to defend the title he won with Chelsea last term, said: “Manchester City is one club that can continue to dominate, to win not only in England but also to fight for the Champions League.

“Manchester City has the possibility to do this in this moment. There is a club that is very strong - they have an important squad with great quality and players. Then they have a club that wants to invest, to improve the situation. There are a lot of things right in the right place.

“They have dominated this season and it is right to give them compliments over winning this League. Don’t forget this league is not simple.

“It’s very tough to win but the way they did this was incredible and for this reason it is right to give them the best, our compliments.

“This season they did a great job in and out of the pitch. They were very good to prepare this season in the right way to improve the team, the squad and then to continue to improve their idea of football of the coach.”

After winning the League last year, Chelsea now find themselves in a lowly fifth position, 27 points behind Manchester City.

Conte is not expected to still be in charge next term and when asked what Chelsea have to do to bridge the gap in 2018-19, he replied: “First of all we have to try to finish this season in the best possible way.

“In this moment to look at the future is not right as we are struggling a lot in this season and we have to try to finish in the best position possible in the League, reach the final in the FA Cup. Now our focus must be on the present because for us the present is very important.”

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