EPL 2016/17: Pep Guardiola looking to crack open Antonio Conte's secrets in the next 6 days
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that he is keen to crack open Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s secrets in the next 6 days. This comes before the two sides go head to head in next weekend’s top of the table clash at the Etihad.
Both managers arrived in the summer at their respective clubs and have made an immediate impact. However, Conte has been more effective than Guardiola despite a worse start. The Spaniard was expected by many to outperform Antonio Conte, but Manchester City had a poor run of results, going winless in October before they beat West Brom 4-0 in the end of that month.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are on a 7 game winning streak and lead the table with 31 points. A lot has been said about both the managers and how they are adapting to the Premier League, with many suggesting Conte has edged it based on his team’s performances and results.
Guardiola spoke to the media after his side’s win over Burnley, ahead of the game at the Etihad next weekend, saying that he will try to unearth their secret behind the magical run.
”We have to try and discover his (Conte’s) secret and what we can do to beat him. We have now six days, seven days to prepare that game. Most of the players are tired and that’s why we are going to prepare our game as much as possible,” he said.
Calling Conte’s Chelsea the best team in the league, Guardiola continued, “Now we are going to play against the best team of this moment in the Premier League.”
He also lauded the way Chelsea are playing and said that he has something to learn from the Italian boss, “In the last five or six weeks they have played amazing – not just clean sheets but the way they play.” said Guardiola.
It will be interesting to watch what formation Guardiola fields against Chelsea to combat their 3-4-3, with many teams thus far simply not being able to cope with the Blues in games. It seems that the Spanish Manchester City boss has a lot of respect for his Italian counterpart and will be aiming to study Chelsea’s game and tactics to the finest detail before the two teams line up at the Etihad.
Chelsea beat cross-town rivals Tottenham 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday last weekend and are gunning to extend their winning streak to 8 games against a formidable Manchester City side managed by Pep Guardiola.
City find themselves in 3rd place on 30 points in the Premier League table, just 1 point behind leaders Chelsea and the game could prove pivotal in the season if City do manage to get one up over the league leaders.