Manchester City extended their record winning run of games to 15 in midweek after winning Swansea City 4-0 on Wednesday.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes Manchester City have had their fair share of luck en route to their record breaking 15 match winning run but he insists City deserve the record.
“But, at the same time, Manchester City are a really good team,” Conte said.
“To have these 15 wins in a row, you must be also lucky because, in many games, they won at the last minute, or with minutes to go.
“When you have this type of run, for sure, you must also be a bit lucky. But I repeat: they are deserving this.
“We must have great respect but, at the same time, we must find the right solution to contend.
“To contend the title. To try to fight them. We have to try to do this. Not just Chelsea, but Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool. The six top teams. The five top teams.
“City are not a surprise for me. At the start of the season all the people said this league was for two Manchester contenders.
“This is a great team but they were also a great team last season. Then in the transfer market they reached their first targets.
“The time is moving on and City continue to win. We must be realistic. In the last nine games we won seven games, drawn one and lost one, but the gap improved for City.”