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Guardiola: Premier League may not realize Conte’s genius

Chelsea v Manchester City - Premier League

FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image numbers (L) 648790494 and 624347152) In this composite image a comparision has been made between Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea (L) and Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City. Chelsea and Manchester City meet ina Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on April 5, 2017 in London,England. ***LEFT IMAGE*** STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at London Stadium on March 6, 2017 in Stratford, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on November 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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Pep Guardiola is relishing his impending matching of wits with Antonio Conte.

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The Man City boss is heading for his first Premier League title on a macro level, but the micro means a Sunday visit from Chelsea (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

And that means a meeting with a footballing peer, as Manchester City looks to gain one of the five wins needed to secure the Premier League champions title currently held by the visitors.

From Sky Sports:

“What Antonio has done here in the Premier League, maybe the people don’t realise,” he added.

“He introduced another way to attack with five at the back, another system, a lot of teams, even Arsenal, had to do a lot of imitating to do that. Tactically he is a master, he did it amazingly with the national team with Italy and when he went to Turin. I think Conte is going to leave something to English football. I’m sure of that.”


For his part, Conte loves City’s ambition and spending, and hopes Chelsea will match it.

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