ANTONIO CONTE reckons Manchester Metropolis can be a part of him within the 100 membership — and fears they may get higher subsequent season.
The Chelsea boss reached a ton of factors throughout his time at Juventus 4 years in the past.
And he sees starvation in Pep Guardiola’s squad to achieve the magical mark, which they’ll do even when Conte masterminds victory in opposition to them immediately on the Etihad.
Conte mentioned: “In the event that they proceed with this hearth, with this starvation, for certain they’ll obtain this end result.
“They’re exhibiting to be in a improbable bodily situation, they play good soccer and have nice need.
“After win in opposition to Arsenal, to win the Carabao Cup, to point out this need, to point out this hearth, to point out this starvation, it means you’ve a gaggle of gamers with nice dedication to attain this sort of end result.
“It gained’t be straightforward to achieve this results of 100 factors.
“However they’ve the likelihood as a result of they’re exhibiting to be the most effective on this league.”
Chelsea at present maintain the document of 95 factors in a Premier League season, which they managed throughout Jose Mourinho’s first spell on the membership in 2004-05.
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Metropolis are on 75 with ten video games nonetheless to play — which means they want at the least eight wins and a draw.
And Conte says he has had no likelihood of competing with them after Chelsea did not spend huge on strengthening his squad after profitable the title final season.
The Italian doesn’t anticipate Metropolis to make the identical mistake as soon as they’re topped champs — and fears they are going to be even stronger subsequent time period.
He added: “There is just one scenario that’s very clear — that Manchester Metropolis can be stronger subsequent season.
“They’ve a fantastic coach and nice gamers. Then there’s the likelihood to spend some huge cash and have the identical ambition of the coach.
“That is the improbable end result for them. Manchester Metropolis shouldn’t be the one membership to spend some huge cash nevertheless it’s the way in which they’re spending cash.
“I feel the membership is making Pep pleased throughout the switch market by taking the most effective selections for the coach.”
Guardiola pipped Conte to Kyle Walker in the summertime when the golf equipment went head-to-head to signal him from Tottenham, a part of a £125million splurge on full-backs alone.
However Conte insists he’s not envious of the previous Barcelona coach regardless of the backing he has acquired within the switch market — and being getting ready to the title.
Conte mentioned: “I don’t like individuals to envy the opposite particular person.
“I don’t like the individual that has this sort of sentiment. I’ve nice admiration as a result of they discovered the suitable approach to be sturdy for a very long time, to have profitable seasons for a very long time, from now till . . . I don’t know.”
Chelsea are coming as much as an important a part of their season as they face Barcelona within the Champions League every week on Wednesday.
They’re additionally battling to get again into the Premier League’s prime 4 and keep away from Thursday-night soccer within the Europa League subsequent season.
Conte reminded his critics that Chelsea have been enjoying NO European soccer when he arrived on the membership.
And he claims having fewer video games was solely a small benefit of their Premier League success final 12 months.
Conte mentioned: “Do you suppose it could possibly be sufficient, to win the title once more?
“When you suppose this, I feel you’re a dreamer.
“I feel we’ve got to proceed to place all ourselves on this effort. This can be an essential effort from now till the tip to attempt to discover a place within the Champions League.
“After I arrived right here the membership didn’t play the Champions League or Europa League, for those who keep in mind two years in the past. Life goes on.”
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One among Conte’s signings — Ross Barkley — has travelled with the squad to the Etihad.
However the Blues boss admits he have to be affected person over the midfielder’s return to motion after being out for a lot of the season with a critical hamstring damage.
Conte mentioned: “With Ross, as higher than me, he had a very unhealthy damage with Everton.
“He performed with us in opposition to Arsenal in Carabao Cup after seven months out.
“When you’ve this sort of unhealthy damage, you could have nice endurance to attempt to work.
“On the similar time, when you find yourself arriving from a nasty damage after an extended interval you didn’t play, the chance to have little accidents is extra than with one other participant.
“Ross is a younger participant, he’s a very good man, he’s participant. Now he has to attempt to recuperate and present that he deserves a spot to play on the World Cup.”