Chelsea defeated Manchester City home and away in the Premier League last season as the Blues won the Premier League in style.
However, it’s a different City side this season as Pep Guardiola’s side were in action on Thursday night, winning 3-0 away at Arsenal, and Conte was asked about how City have improved since last season.
“I think last season Man City were always a fantastic team but after one season the manager tried to improve the quality of the starting 11 and to improve the quality of his squad, this is the result,” he said.
“I think we must have great admiration for this team because they are having a fantastic path this season.
“Every club has to understand their targets. Every team must have their own target before the season and try to reach this target. For every team it can be different.
“For us in this moment we have to try to get a place in the Champions League and it won’t be easy because there are many teams who are very strong, but we must be ready to fight.”