Pep Guardiola has tipped Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, as one of the strong favourites to win this season's English Premier League title, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Since overcoming an indifferent start to this season, Conte has led Chelsea to seven straight wins.
Chelsea are currently atop in the league table on 31 points.
Guardiola describes Conte as one of the best coaches in the world.
"Conte is one of the best coaches in the world. It's the first time we are going to face each other. It's good to play against him," Guardiola remarkks during his press conference on Friday.
" He made exceptional job in Turin. He is a contender to win the Premier League from the beginning and now maybe more than before."
Speaking ahead of the big clash against Chelsea at the Etihad on Saturday, Guardiola revealed his side will implore an offensive approach.
He also made mention of Chelsea's 3-4-3 formation.
Guardiola said:"We are going to attack in the best way possible. Hopefully, our talented players in the middle and upfront can make the difference."
"When Chelsea have the ball they play 3-4-3. They do it really well. It's not easy but, okay, it's a challenge."
And Guardiola mentioned Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez as the two players his team must be wary of.
"Costa is a top player. He made an amazing season at Atletico and then came here. He's a top player."
"I hope Pedro doesn't perform well tomorrow. I have to thank him, he made me a better manager. Near the box he's a killer."