Antonio Conte: What I really think about Man United this season

Antonio Conte insists that it is normal for both of the Manchester clubs to be in such strong form this season

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Antonio Conte has insisted that it is “normal” for Manchester United to be fighting for the Premier League title but is hoping his Chelsea team can defend their crown this season.

The Red Devils have made a very strong start to the new Premier League season under Jose Mourinho after having won four of their opening five Premier League games.

Manchester United are currently joint top of the Premier League table along with Manchester City as they look to win the title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are third in the table and three points behind the Manchester clubs as they bid to defend the title they won under Conte last term.

Conte has now given his take on the situation and although he admits that both of the Manchester teams are in good shape, he is hoping for his side to be able to defend their crown.

Conte told a news conference on Tuesday: “You know very well that, in England, there are six top teams. Manchester’s teams are in these six teams. It’s normal.

“It’s normal for United and City to be competitive and to fight for the title and the other competitions. It’s normal.

“My idea of football is to be a team, and then the team try to extract the characteristics of the individual players.”

He continued: “We have to stay there and try and do our best. At the end of the season, we’ll see what happens.

“The best way is to look at ourselves. This is the best way. We have to continue to work together to try and improve.

“You know very well the difficulty of this league, to win this league. Last season we did this. But, for sure, we want to try and fight until the end [again].”

Chelsea return to Premier League action next weekend when they travel to the bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City.

The west London club made their return to the Champions League last week with a 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.

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