Chelsea boss: Manchester United can beat Manchester City

Date published: Friday 8th December 2017 3:27

Antonio Conte’s sole focus is on Chelsea taking three points at West Ham on Saturday, rather than the futures of Eden Hazard and David Luiz or Sunday’s Manchester derby.

Chelsea go to the London Stadium trailing Manchester City by 11 points and with a three-point deficit to second-placed Manchester United, who host the leaders on Sunday.

Conte would not entertain questions on the futures of defender Luiz or playmaker Hazard, both of whom have been linked with Real Madrid.

And when questioned on the Manchester derby, which he plans to watch from his Surrey home, Conte declined to say what the ideal result for Chelsea would be in the top of the table contest.

“The best result is to win against West Ham and then anything can happen in the Manchester derby,” Conte said.

“For me the best result is our result, to try to win in a difficult game.”

Luiz is out with a knee injury, having initially been dropped following the 3-0 loss at Roma on October 31.

He has appeared once since, at Qarabag, and Conte has previously angrily rebuffed suggestions of a fallout.

The Italian opted not to answer when asked about the prospect of the Brazilian leaving in January.

Conte said: “There is a lot of games before the transfer window.

“Now I think is not the right moment to speak about this. Now this is not important.”

On Hazard, who has been repeatedly linked with Real due to his admiration for Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, Conte added: “It’s important to be focused on this moment. Then when there is the right moment, I try to answer this question.”

Conte’s focus is on trying to keep pace with City at the top of the table.

City lost for the first time since April at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, but have won 13 successive Premier League games – level with Arsenal’s 2002 streak and Chelsea’s single-season record of 12 months ago – and Conte cannot see Pep Guardiola’s side losing again.

“It’s very difficult to see two defeats in a row for a great team,” Conte added.

“At the same time Manchester United can beat Manchester City.”


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