Regardless of which dugout, Antonio Conte would be fielding a side at the Etihad Stadium today. That’s because Manchester City had identified the Italian as the manager they wanted to replace Manuel Pellegrini if Pep Guardiola had decided not to join the club.
According to The Telegraph, Manchester City wanted former Juventus manager Antonio Conte until Pep Guardiola confirmed that he was joining the Blue side of Manchester in February.
On the contrary, Roman Abrahamovich also wanted Pep Guardiola to lead Chelsea into a new era following the destruction of Jose Mourinho last season.
The attraction of Guardiola was too much for the Russian owner who was attempting to lure the former Bayern Munich coach with a blank cheque.
City won the race for the signature for Guardiola and like Conte has made use of the little tools at his disposal as he continues to change the fortunes at the Etihad Stadium.