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Antonio Conte wants more Chelsea signings to cope with Champions League

Antonio Conte wants more Chelsea signings to cope with Champions League”

"It's very hard when you see the spending of some clubs in the summer, Manchester United of course and Chelsea who will be right up there".

Guardiola struck a satisfied tone when discussing his raft of fresh full-backs and their ability to have a transformative effect on City's play this season.

City have spent more than £200million on a squad revamp following last season's underwhelming campaign. Zlatan Ibrahimovic got 17 as part of 28 in all competitions before his campaign was ended early by a knee ligament injury.

"At Manchester United, we play to win and that's the mentality when I get on the pitch". The Swede has since been released but Mourinho splashed £75 million on Romelu Lukaku, who scored 25 Premier League goals for Everton last season.

"Twenty-five per cent means one of four", Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. What we had was midfielders, wingers, scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set pieces. "I think also in this season, this will happen".

"We didn't buy full-backs for five, six years", said Guardiola.

The duo were paired together in attack during the closing weeks of last term and started City's final pre-season friendly in tandem, each striker finding the net in a 3-0 win over West Ham in Helsinki. There has been much debate over whether Sergio Aguero is Pep Guardiola's man up front but he still managed 20 goals in 31 Premier League starts past year and looks the number one option going into the new season.

"We had lots of dominance at home, lots of chances, lots when the match should be two or three nil and in the end was 1-1".

Antonio Conte wants more Chelsea signings to cope with Champions League

"We are champions. We have to face every game in the right way".

Chelsea has done much more selling than purchasing, allowing several players to leave the club this summer. Sweden's Victor Lindelof looks the ideal partner for Eric Bailly in the centre of defence and Nemanja Matic is a proven asset on the defensive side of midfield duties.

The Portuguese coach concedes his squad is "similar" to the one he took charge of last season. Matic did everything in United red that he did in Chelsea blue, and you struggle to think of many reasons why Chelsea would let him go to a title rival, as he instantly improves United. "It's normal that the players and supporters are going to be celebrating for a period of time, but we have had to come down to reality", Brighton boss Hughton said. "The club was clever like that because we anticipated what we needed." .

"Anthony Knockaert seems to be one of Brighton's better players".

Last season, Mourinho eventually had to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League in a bid to secure Champions League football.

Another season without silverware will raise serious doubts as to whether he really is the man to carry City to the summit of European football for the first time.

The buzz may have gone but the biggest question before the coming season remains whether two of the highest-profile managers in the world can deliver on all the hype surrounding them.



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