Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hit back at Chelsea boss Antonio Conte over claims that the two Manchester clubs want to buy success with money.
The Italian boss arrived at the Stamford Bridge last summer, and has recorded impressive feat with the Blues despite spending minimal fees on transfers, with the likes of Mikel Obi, Oscar and Ivanovic leaving the club during the last January window.
Ahead of the Manchester derby, Conte took a dig at both sides’ transfer policy, claiming that ‘I think this season it’s very important to understand that it’s not always about who spends more money who wins.’
Pep Guardiola has now responded to the statement, saying: ‘I agree with you. I played with Barcelona and won the Champions League with eight guys growing from the academy.
‘Zero cost to win the Champions League, that’s happened.
‘But all the clubs are going to spend a lot of money and you cannot forget all the players that Chelsea have that cost a lot of money.
‘People think that just City spend money, but all the clubs around the world, in Spain, Germany, England and Italy, they spend a lot of money.
‘This summer it is going to happen again.’
Manchester City will hope to get the better of Manchester United when they face at the Etihad on Thursday, as battle for top-four thickens.