Guardiola: Premier League may not realize Conte’s genius

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Pep Guardiola is relishing his impending matching of wits with Antonio Conte.

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The Man City boss is heading for his first Premier League title on a macro level, but the micro means a Sunday visit from Chelsea (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

And that means a meeting with a footballing peer, as Manchester City looks to gain one of the five wins needed to secure the Premier League champions title currently held by the visitors.

From Sky Sports:

“What Antonio has done here in the Premier League, maybe the people don’t realise,” he added.

“He introduced another way to attack with five at the back, another system, a lot of teams, even Arsenal, had to do a lot of imitating to do that. Tactically he is a master, he did it amazingly with the national team with Italy and when he went to Turin. I think Conte is going to leave something to English football. I’m sure of that.”

For his part, Conte loves City’s ambition and spending, and hopes Chelsea will match it.