Conte reveals why Chelsea board must spend money this January


Conte reveals why Chelsea board must spend money this January

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has urged the Chelsea board to spend money in January should they wish to remain title-challengers.

The Italian had a relatively unsatisfying summer transfer window despite Chelsea signing Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayako, Danny Drinkwater, David Zapacosta and Antonio Rudiger as they find themselves trailing to leaders Manchester City by 11 points.

According to Conte, who’s been reported to have had problems with Roman Abramovich’s right-hand woman Marina Granovskaia, the Blues need to keep on spending if they are to go shoulder to shoulder with the Citizens.

He said: “Manchester City’s path is incredible, no?

“I think Manchester City in this season is a strong team. Also last season, Manchester City were a fantastic team. Then, after the transfer market, they bought their first targets and then they have improved a lot.

“They can do this also in January maybe and in the future. For this reason, we must be worried because if we want to compete this season with Manchester City we have to work and make the best decisions in the market.”

Conte’s team was left thin in some areas following the summer transfer window with the Italian trying to communicate to the board that the lack of depth has not allowed him to rotate the team properly amidst the Blues taking part in the Champions League this season in contrast to last term.

It is understood Conte wants to bring in no less than two new faces in January with Andrea Belotti, Arturo Vidal, Leon Goretzka and Alex Sandro among a host of names the Blues are rumoured to be interested.

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31