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“This is a big mistake” – Antonio Conte refuses to rule out Premier League rivals while naming ‘top teams’ alongside Liverpool and Manchester City

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte believes Chelsea can challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title. He explained that the Blues are among the top teams in the league having won the Champions League just two years ago.

After a stellar end to their last season, expectations are incredibly high for Spurs this season. The north London club have had an incredible transfer window so far, signing five players.

🗣 “In my opinion they are in a position where it’s very difficult for the other to try to close the gap” Tottenham have made six signings so far this summer, Antonio Conte says it might not be that easy who to close the gap. on Man City and Liverpool 👇

They have signed Premier League players Richarlison and Yves Bissouma. Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic and Clement Lenglet also returned to the Champions League a season ago.

The club’s star-studded arrivals have led some to believe Spurs can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool. And that’s despite finishing fourth, more than 20 points behind last season’s pair.

Conte was asked in a press conference what his team would need to do to face England’s top two teams. The Italian boss explained (according to the journalist Vai Bhardwaj):

“I think you forgot about Chelsea. That’s a big mistake. You’re talking about a team that won the Champions League two seasons ago. Why aren’t Chelsea in this group of top teams? For me, Chelsea belong to this group.”

When asked what #THFC have to do to compete with #MCFC and #LFCConte said: “I think you forgot about Chelsea. That’s a big mistake. You’re talking about a team that won two seasons ago #UCL…Why is #CFC not in this group of top teams? For me, Chelsea belong to this group.” #TOTSOU

The 53-year-old led the Blues to the Premier League title in 2017.

Thomas Tuchel’s side finished third last season and will hope to be in contention for the title this season after signing Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling. They also added Gabriel Slonina and Carney Chukwuemeka.


Gary Neville believes Tottenham are the only side that can challenge Manchester City or Liverpool

Tottenham start the Premier League at home against Southampton on Saturday 6 August.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes Tottenham could challenge Manchester City and Liverpool in what was a stellar summer.

The expert said on The Overlap Podcast (as quoted by The Metro):

“I think Ivan Perisic [is a good signing]. I have Tottenham Hotspur third in mind. Yves Bissouma and Richarlison were added because of Perisic [the mix of] what they already have,” the former Manchester United captain said on The Overlap podcast.

He added:

“They already have Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son who are world class. They have two world-class players at the top and now they’ve added something with Perisic and Richarlison.”

He believes Spurs can take their place in the Premier League table if the Merseysiders slip. Neville said:

“I think Tottenham is the only club that could challenge, they won’t finish over Liverpool but they could, if Liverpool shakes somehow or Virgil Van Dijk gets injured then Tottenham could do it [challenge]. They’re the only club that could do that.”

Conte was asked what success would look like for Tottenham this season and if they win a domestic trophy? “Why not the Premier League and the Champions League?”


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