Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has made a shocking admission about Chelsea in the transfer market.

The rift between the defending champions and league leaders Manchester City could not be any clearer. City have been brushing aside everyone in their path this term and are on track to accumulate a Premier League record points tally.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have not just stagnated, but declined. We won 13 league games on the trot last term, but have been unable to replicate that electric form this time around.

We have our poor recruitment to thank for that. In recent years, Man City have invested money wisely and considerably strengthened their side. Chelsea have spent hundreds of millions of pound and failed to adequately replace ‘The Old Guard’.

Tiemoue Bakayoko
Tiemoue Bakayoko is yet to justify the fee that Chelsea paid for him in the summer.

This might be a theme that we have to get used to, unfortunately. The Guardian quote manager Antonio Conte, who believes that we are no longer able to compete with rivals Man City and Man United in the transfer market:

“I think, for sure, in this moment there are two teams in this league who are ‘top’. They stay there. The others have to fight. To fight for a place in the Champions League. It’s not only here in England.”

“These two big clubs can  become seriously dangerous for other teams in the world. These two teams are very strong already and want to invest. Alexis Sanchez, only one or two clubs can pay this type of salary.”

The fact that our own manager is conceding that we are no longer able to be competitive in the league is utterly shocking. Has Roman Abramovich lost his ambition? Is this the influence of Marina Granovskaia? Nobody knows. But one thing appears to be for sure – the end is nigh for Conte at Stamford Bridge.

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