Pep Guardiola had Chelsea in his sights as soon as his Manchester City side beat Burnley 2-1.
The former Barcelona manager, still adapting to life in the English fast lane, was looking forward to a whole week to get ready for Saturday’s Eastlands clash that will pit together two likely title contenders.
The Blues are on a seven-match winning streak in the Premier League and top the standings after beating Tottenham 2-1 at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, leading City by just one point.
And the Spaniard says: “We are going to be playing against the best team in the Premier League. They have been amazing over the past five or six weeks.”
“We will try to discover the secret of how we can beat them and we have six or seven days to prepare. Most of the players are tired.”
Guardiola had reason once more to be grateful to Sergio Aguero who scored both City’s goals after Dean Marney, who scored his first top-flight goal in seven years, put the Clarets in front at Turf Moor.
Other than skipper Vincent Kompany being ruled out for six weeks at the start of the weekend, Guardiola can look ahead with no new injuries to worry about, after confirming that Raheem Sterling’s withdrawal at Burnley was tactical.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is wary of being at the top of the table, after his side sukkeled to beat Spurs.
Christian Eriksen put Surs ahead in the 11th minute as they dominated the first half. But spurred on by a Pedro equaliser just before half time, the Blues roared to win through Victor Moses’ 51st-minute strike.
Conte says: “It’s too early to talk of the title. This league is very tough.
“This was a big test because for sure Tottenham is a really good team with great organisation.
“They started better than us, with good intensity, with a lot of pressure. Also, they scored a fantastic goal. Then I liked a lot our reaction. It wasn’t easy. Now we are another team. We have another type of confidence.”