Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said Chelsea can afford to spend big this summer and other teams would do the same if they could.
Guardiola’s side will visit Stamford Bridge today as they are looking for their third win since the Premier League restart.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, on the other hand, scrapped a comeback victory against Aston Villa last Sunday and are under pressure to keep the top four finish hope.
Yesterday’s results mean Chelsea now have just two-point cushion between them and the fifth-placed Manchester United and sixth-placed Wolverhampton.
Prior to the match, Guardiola admitted that they have one eye for the FA Cup tie against Newcastle United, but also added the Chelsea game is “prestigious” for them (Manchester City’s official website).
He told Manchester City’s official website: “They have always been a real force.
“With Antonio Conte they won the league and that was four years ago.”
Guardiola also had his say about Chelsea’s recent spending which will see Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner join the Blues’ force for the next season.
“In recent years they haven’t spent too much, but if they do it’s because they can afford it,” he said.
“If the clubs can do it, they will do it. If they have done it they feel they need it. But the power was already there.
“When Abramovich took over it was uncomfortable for the Premier League and then Manchester City came and that was uncomfortable for the Premier League.”
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