Manchester City manager Perp Guardiola looks to have hit back at the comments made by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as the latter had earlier taken a dig at Manchester City’s transfer policy.
The Italian who is currently leading Chelsea to Premier League title had a gentle jibe at his rival clubs by revealing that the club that spends the more money will not always win.
Conte said: ‘I think this season it’s very important to understand that it’s not always about who spends more money who wins.’
Chelsea are currently are leading the Premier League race as they enjoy a four point cushion ahead of Tottenham Hotspur going final weeks of the league. The Blues have failed to get their desired targets last summer but have managed to add key players like N’Golo Kante from Leicester City and David Luiz from PSG in their £135million spending spree.
Meanwhile, both Manchester clubs have spent well over £150million in the transfer market but are currently fighting for a top four finish. While Manchester United have made world record signing of Paul Pogba, Pep Guardiola have almost went for a massive squad overhaul as City looked completely new this season.
Currently in the fourth position in Premier League, Manchester City are only one point ahead of their cross city rivals Manchester United and Pep Guardiola responded to the comments of Conte by saying: ‘I agree with you. I played with Barcelona and won the Champions League with eight guys growing from the academy.
‘Zero cost to win the Champions League, that’s happened.
‘But all the clubs are going to spend a lot of money and you cannot forget all the players that Chelsea have that cost a lot of money.
‘People think that just City spend money, but all the clubs around the world, in Spain, Germany, England and Italy, they spend a lot of money.
‘This summer it is going to happen again.’
Manchester City will now play against Manchester United in the Manchester derby on Thursday night as the winner will have a more clear chance of finishing in the top four. Guardiola will also be hoping that both Aguero and Silva would be fit for the match after the duo took knocks in their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday in FA Cup semifinal.