Antonio Conte has told the Chelsea board to take a quality over quantity approach to the transfer market and sign three world-class players.
This season has been a struggle to retain the Premier League title, whilst Manchester City have shown their absolute dominance on the pitch, and off the pitch through excellent negotiations, bringing in world class talent.
Meanwhile Conte, who has constantly told the media he feels outspoken by his own board when it comes to transfer policies, is under fire with his job at the moment with a heavy 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth.
The Italian believes the lack of solid performances this season in the bid to retain the title comes down to the failure to capture world class players during the transfer window.
When Conte was asked by Sky Sports what Chelsea need to do to catch Man City, he said: “Now we have to struggle to fight for a Champions League place – that is top. We must be realistic. We must be strong to accept this type of situation.
“Then, in the future, if there is the possibility, you have to try to buy only two or three players – not eight players. Don’t forget, this summer, we brought in eight players and spent a lot less than other teams who bought only two or three.”
“In the summer, we changed eight players. That means you don’t have a basis, a great foundation. We must have great patience to understand the moment.
“We lost strong, experienced players in the last few years, so we must have patience to understand that, now, we have to appreciate the moment, be realistic, create a basis and then build something important to face big challenges with the other teams.”