Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is hoping that more clubs will be challenging for the title towards the end of the season than just Manchester City and Manchester United.

Rejuvenated under new managers, both Manchester clubs have made a perfect start to the season so far, and are in good form going into Saturday's derby at Old Trafford.

Under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have looked a lot different to the plodding Louis van Gaal team most saw last season and Manchester City have also shaken off the cobwebs under Pep Guardiola.

The Mancunian duo have been termed as early season favourites for the Premier League title, but Conte wants a more competitive title scene towards the end of the season.

While he admits that the Manchester clubs are looking good at the moment on the back of a strong summer of recruitment, the Italian pointed out that Leicester City’s title win proved that making early season predictions is hazardous.  


The Chelsea boss said in a press conference: “I don’t like to speak about favourites.

“Last season showed us that a team who were not a favourite won the title. United and City are great teams, and they reinforced in the transfer market.

“But at the end of the season I hope there will be five to six teams fighting for the title.”

Like the Manchester clubs, Chelsea have also taken maximum points from their opening three games, and will be looking to keep it going at Swansea on Sunday.