Conte lavishes praise on Man City and explains their turnaround from last season

2018-03-02 16:48:40

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has described Manchester City as ‘unstoppable’ ahead of their Premier League clash, which is LIVE on talkSPORT on Sunday.

The Blues, Premier League champions in Conte's first season last term, are 22 points behind their upcoming opponents.

Pep Guardiola's side, Carabao Cup winners last Sunday and 3-0 winners at Arsenal on Thursday night, have a 16-point lead in first place entering this weekend's fixtures.

"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 are now 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 are seeking to avoid three successive away Premier League defeats for the first time in five years.

Conte after last Sunday's loss at Manchester United admitted missing out on the top four and Champions League qualification.

He called for the Blues to 'fight' to secure a top-four place.

"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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