Chelsea Boss, Antonio Conte, has taken a dig at Manchester United and Manchester City, saying that they spend more on signing of players, but it doesn’t guarantee Premier League success.
The Blues were third in Premier League spending summer after spending £123m on players including midfielder N’Golo Kante and defender David Luiz. Manchester City topped the list on £175m, while Manchester United parted with around £150m. Tottenham were fourth after spending around £70m.
Conte stated that spending more does not guarantee success or trophies.
“Yeah, I think this season it’s very important to understand that it’s not always about who spends more money who wins,” the Italian gaffer said during his press conference ahead of Tuesday’s game against Sounthampton.
Otherwise, in this league, this season the name of the team wasn’t Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool. You understand?”
“Every single club decides their own strategy. But, if you ask me… This season isn’t the only season the Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money. Look at the past. It’s normal(ity). It’s right for them to do this, to reinforce their teams, if they think this is the right way to win the title.
“It depends upon necessity, and the moment the club is living at this moment. I think in every situation it’s important to find the right balance. If you have to spend money, try and spend that money in the right way to take players with the right characteristics for your idea of football.”
Chelsea are top, four points clear of Tottenham and have an 11-point lead over City and 12 points over United with six games remaining.
Chelsea are also chasing a league and FA Cup double in his first season in charge – the Blues will play Arsenal in the showpiece final at Wembley on 27 May.
Asked if clinching the Premier League would be his best achievement, Conte, who led Italian side Juventus to three successive Serie A titles, said: “Yes, for sure. For me, for the players, for the club.
“To win in England these days is not easy. Now, it’s a good season. To become a great or fantastic season there is only one way: to try to win.”
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