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Antonio Conte is one of world's top bosses, Pep Guardiola declares

BY ANDY HAMPSON

Pep Guardiola has billed Antonio Conte as one of the best coaches in the world as the pair clash for the first time today. Manchester City boss Guardiola, a serial winner in his time with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has never come up against the new Chelsea manager, whose previous jobs include Juventus and Italy.

That will end as City host the Premier League leaders in an eagerly-anticipated top-of-the-table clash at 12.30pm.

With both managers having made an immediate impact since arriving in England in the summer, the battle on the touchline will be an intriguing aside to the main contest.

Guardiola says: "Conte is without doubt one of the best coaches in the world right now, maybe the best.

"His statistics, his numbers, the way they play, are really good. He did an exceptional job in Turin with Juventus and with the national team."

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