Expectations different at Chelsea and Spurs, says Conte

Chelsea top-scorer Diego Costa believes the Premier League leaders can effectively end Manchester City's title hopes when the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge tomorrow morning (Singapore time).

Pep Guardiola will be the man in the opposing dugout as the Blues attempt to overcome Man City, and the Spaniard's arrival in the Premier League has led to discussion about the importance of modern-day goalkeepers being able to instigate attacks with their ability on the ball.

City, tipped by many as potential champions under ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola this season, are a distant fourth - 11 points shy of Conte's men following three consecutive top-flight draws.

He scored the opener and put Chelsea back ahead from the rebound of his own saved penalty after Sergio Aguero had equalised for the visitors.

With nine games remaining in the regular season, Chelsea (22-3-4) now are in first place and Manchester City (17-7-5) are in fourth place.

City, fourth and 11 points adrift of the Blues, can not be discounted either if they win at Chelsea, Conte says. We were much, much better. Now I'd like to see what we try to do from the beginning. "If you stay in Tottenham, if you win, it's great but, if you lose.it's not a disaster, no? These are minimum details".

"I don't know if the way we played was lovely but the most important thing is to win games".

"We have to be cautious going forward because Manchester City are very unsafe on the counter-attack", he added. With nine games remaining, they will need to respond against a City team who will want to keep their top-4 hopes alive after drawing.




Guardiola said this match is a really big away game for the team.

Manchester United, with his impressive debut season.' data-reactid="34" While that tipping-point game still gnaws at Guardiola, he has nothing but admiration for the way in which Conte has eclipsed both himself and Jose Mourinho, at Manchester United, with his impressive debut season.

"My opinion about my colleague Conte is that he's superb", said the Catalan.

"It's not just here, how he was able to make Italy play attractive football, Juventus too, in a culture where it's so defensive".

"He's an excellent manager".

Before his two-year spell with Italy, Conte was the manager of Juventus, who he took over in similar circumstances to Chelsea.

"In the end you don't want the pressure that you've not had all season". These teams control a lot of aspects.

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