Chelsea boss Conte takes a surprise swipe at Tottenham

"He's growing in his mentality and I think he's playing a really good season".

The pair returned from injury on Wednesday as Man City went down 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but the Spaniard will now assess the fitness of both players before making further judgement calls.

"Me and the players as well, and all the club, this is most important".

In what could have been construed as a dig at Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who played with six at the back against Chelsea in the FA Cup last month, Guardiola hailed his team's positivity.

Premier League teams spent a record 1.38 billion pounds in total on transfers in the 2016-2017 season, a 43 percent increase on the previous year.

"It is very hard to affect other teams or managers by playing mind games, as you call them in England".

"We are so polite in our defeats and especially we are so polite when we win".

That's because, with 65 points from 30 matches, they have a tally of two-and-a-sixth points-per-game that would have been enough to win the title in nine of the previous 24 Premier League seasons. For this reason, to win the title, we need 18 points.

Antonio Conte has admitted that he is wary of Tottenham's chances of catching Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

The result underlined what has been a mixed first season at the Etihad Stadium for Guardiola, with City enduring a meek title challenge and a European exit at the hands of Monaco but remaining in the hunt for a top-four finish and FA Cup triumph.

"I liked the way they played when we were there, now they play with a lot of talent - not just long balls, a lot of quality".

"I like the way Hull play".

"It depends on him", Guardiola said. "OK, we are a little bit disappointed, but I am quite happy with the way we made good things in this season".

City host relegation battlers Hull this weekend in a clash Guardiola accepts is not straightforward. How many times they shot in our goal?

Guardiola could be heading for his worst ever individual season - having never finished lower than second in his managerial career and had not been knocked out of the Champions League before the semifinals until this season.

"We were missing five players at Swansea who normally start, but the other guys fit in and we're a very strong squad who can beat every other squad in the Premier League".

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