Antonio Conte may have taken his team to the Premier League title last season, but he now knows he has a massive uphill task to try and catch Man City this season. He admits that Pep Guardiola has made it difficult to win the League, but he says it is just as hard a fight to stay in the Top Four and win a place in next year’s Champions League with the quality in the Premiership right now.
Conte said: “There are four places for six top teams. Don’t forget that last season Manchester United and Arsenal finished fifth and sixth.”.
“In this league there is still a great motivation for all, to try and fight until the end for the title,”
“In this moment it depends on Manchester City, who are winning every game. To draw only one game means you are having a fantastic run.
“Otherwise Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal and the other top teams, we stay there to fight and there is great motivation for us to fight for a place in the Champions League.”
That sounds like he doesn’t have much hope of catching City, but the fact is that it is just as hard to stay in the Top Four with Premiership clubs earning so much more than the other country’s Leagues thanks to the income from our TV deals.
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