Guardiola: Conte may be the best

Chelsea v Man City combined XI Kante De Bruyne and Hazard make the cut

David Silva of Manchester City and Ngolo Kante of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Manchester, England. "But we were not able to win". City skipper Vincent Kompany, starting a league match for the first time since November, grazed the top of Chelsea's crossbar early in the second half.

The Spanish winger looked ragged at times against Arsenal and in Chelsea's Eden Hazard, he would be up against one of the most lethal attacking players in the division. Coach Antonio Conte lamented Moses' absence in the loss to Crystal Palace, saying the Nigerian's absence contributed to their defeat.

The move sees Zouma replace Cesar Azpilicueta in a central defensive three, with the Spain global moving to right wing-back in the absence of the injured Victor Moses.

Courtois made his Chelsea debut in the opening game of the 2014/15 campaign, away at Burnley and he ended his first season at the club having helped the club win both the Premier League title and League Cup.

"I think we showed to be a great team, to win a hard game after a defeat against Crystal Palace".

"Our games against the big teams at home, we were much better than all of them".

"It's not a disaster, because you find a lot of situations to explain a good season".


The Blues face a tricky test at Stamford Bridge against Man City, a win could effectively end City's title hopes and put Chelsea in a great position going into the final games of the season.

City will be without defender Bacary Sagna for the next few weeks due to a hamstring injury but fellow full back Pablo Zabaleta is fit for the game. Gabriel Jesus is also back in training but might miss this match.

"Chelsea are good at set pieces and in the positional game". 'Antonio likes us to play out from the back so we need a goalkeeper who has the ability to pass the ball, and is not afraid to receive the ball and open the game up.

Chelsea are still seven points clear at the top of the table, but should they drop points against City, the pressure will well and truly be upon them.

Guardiola was also full of praise for the calibre of Chelsea's forward game and their positional intelligence.

Conte suggested there is a greater chance of such a turnaround in the Premier League.

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