Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said Manchester City’s summer spending improved an already “fantastic” team and the Italian is worried his side will fall further behind the Premier League leader if the Blues fail to get it right in the transfer market.
The gap on top of the Premier League table already is eight points and, once again, on Sunday, it was hard to avoid the thought that there has been something meek in the way José Mourinho has presented the initiative to his rivals.
Antonio Conte questioned his side’s hunger, desire and will to fight and suggested some players at Chelsea have been guilty of complacency as his team was embarrassed by Roma to surrender leadership of its Champions League group.
Antonio Conte denied that his team sheet was intended as any kind of message to the Chelsea hierarchy after a lineup stocked with kids on the bench and a 20-year-old making his first start lost to Burnley on the opening day of their title defense.
Reports suggest the Chelsea manager is at loggerheads with the club’s hierarchy over transfer dealings, less than a month after he lifted the Premier League trophy. These accounts carry echoes of Conte’s final months as manager of Juventus.