Ahead of a crunch Sunday clash between Manchester City and Chelsea, Antonio Conte has addressed the amount spent on players at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have found themselves taking the backseat to City in terms of player expenditure over the past five seasons. Conte who won the league last season insits he has an ambition to win everything, but the fund is lacking.
Chelsea are 22 points behind City, and this could become 25 on Sunday, as City close down on the trophy.
“I have great ambition, but I don’t have money to spend for Chelsea,” Conte told reporters at his pre-weekend press conference. “The club knows very well what is my idea, what is my ambition. That is very clear.
“That ambition must always be the same. When you decide to work with this type of coach, you must understand that you take a coach with great ambition. Not a loser but a winner. For this reason, you must understand this.
“I don’t know [if the Chelsea board share my ambition]. I don’t want to talk about this. Now it’s important the present, and staying to be focused on the present. These topics are for the future.
“For sure, but when you have a good manager and a lot of money to spend, probably you can have a successful season. If you have a good manager to work very well with the players, and a lot of money to spend.
“It’s very important to have the coach and the club with the same ambition: to improve the team, to improve the idea of football, to improve the quality of your players. If you find this situation, probably the season will finish with success.
“You can win the league, the cup, the cup and league, the Champions League. You start the season trying to do your best. I think we are doing our best. We are trying to do everything for this club. We are continuing to do this.
“But this league is very tough and will be very tough especially in the future, because there are a lot of teams improving in a fantastic way. We have to know this and accept this and find a new solution for the future.”
He added: “I have great admiration for Pep. Pep showed himself to be a great coach. I think that, now, it will be very difficult for other teams to fight Manchester City. When you have a great coach and the possibility to spend a lot of money and keep happy your coach and your staff, it’s difficult for the others.
“Very difficult. This is not the first time I’m telling this. This is a great danger for the panoramic of the other teams. For a long time. The situation is going to improve. Not to stop, but to improve for them.
“I think that last season we did a fantastic job. We were a great surprise for the league, but also for our competitors. Our competitors didn’t rate Chelsea in this way to fight for the title, to win the title. But then, when you start, you have to continue to build something important with the coach.”