Belfast Telegraph

Wistful Conte forecasts City's dominance

By Declan Warrington

Antonio Conte has warned Chelsea that Manchester City's Premier League title victory can lead to them dominating English football in the coming years.

The Italian has repeatedly criticised his club's hierarchy this season for what he considers a lack of investment that has undermined their title defence.

Conte cited City's ambition and willingness to continue spending and backing their manager Pep Guardiola as a reason why they will continue to excel.

The Chelsea boss, who is not expected to remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season, said: "Manchester City is one club that can continue to dominate, to win. Not only in England but also to fight for the Champions League.

"They have the possibility to do this; it is a very strong club, they have an important squad with great players, and are a club that want to invest and improve. There are a lot of things that are right. They have dominated this season and it's right to compliment them on winning this league; this league is not simple to win.

"The way they did it was incredible. They did a great job on and off the pitch; they were very well prepared for the season. I like the way they improved the team and the squad."

Chelsea's hopes of an unlikely top-four finish have been strengthened by Tottenham dropping five points in their past two games, meaning they could cut the deficit to five with a win in Burnley tonight.

"We have to try until the end to reach this target," said Conte.

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