Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has hailed his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, as the best coach in the world.
Conte is on course to win the Premier League title in his first season in England, with the Blues seven points clear at the top of the table.
Speaking ahead of the game between the two sides on Wednesday, Manchester City manager Guardiola spoke of his admiration for the way Conte has put together teams at Juventus, the Italy national team and Chelsea.
“My opinion about my colleague Conte is that he’s superb, maybe he’s the best.
“How he was able to make Italy play beautiful football, Juventus too, in a culture where it’s so defensive.
“He’s an excellent manager. I learn a lot when I see his teams – Juventus, Italy and now. Their teams control a lot of aspects. It’s a good lesson for me to see his teams and learn,” Guardiola said.
Ths Spaniard also feels he has not lived up to expectations in his first season in English football.
“In my case I had to win the treble and change English football. Expectations were quite high, that’s why I’m going to fall short. Definitely, I cannot have success this season.
“I knew from the beginning they’d have a good season. They started the season so-so but after that they settled the way they want to play and the fact they have a week to work on many things helps a lot. It’s a big advantage if you have time.
“I think a lot of games we’ve played a lot of good football – I didn’t expect that high level – but then also we were not solid,” Guardiola added.