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Antonio Conte explains why Pep Guardiola has it 'easy' at Manchester City

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It is too early for Antonio Conte and Chelsea supporters to start panicking about their recent slump in form.

The Italian had seemingly made an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge, but the confident brand of football his side displayed in the opening three fixtures has gradually faded.

A 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool was compounded a 2-2 draw at Swansea in Wales the weekend before, though Conte managed to steer the Blues to an impressive League Cup win over Leicester during midweek.

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Chelsea – who take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday hoping to secure their first Premier League victory since beating Burnley 3-0 in late August – have plenty of time to reel in the current league leaders Manchester City.

While the situation at his new club is far from a crisis, Conte believes there is a simple explanation for why Pep Guardiola has enjoyed a perfect start to life at the Etihad.

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"I think that Manchester City they are playing similar football to what they played in the past," the 47-year-old told reporters, as per Goal.

"You must see what type of tactical situation you find [when taking over a club].

"That is because the directors of football are Spanish and they bought a lot of players who are used to this idea of football and these tactics. I think it is a bit easier for his players to get stuck into his ideas.”

Conte has several fellow Italians working in his backroom staff, yet no compatriots among his playing squad.

The ex-midfielder could find himself under immense pressure further into the campaign should he struggle to get the Blues firing on all cylinders again.

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However, Conte insists the prospect of Roman Abramovich maintaining his notoriously impatient approach to firing underperforming managers is not a concern.

"When you trust your work, you are never afraid [of being sacked]," he said.

"I am doing my work and I continue to do my work in the same way that I did in the past and in the present, continuing as usual.

"I am sure that if I don't win tomorrow, if I don't win the next game, I am sure that in the future I will win, I am sure.

"I discussed about my job with the club before I arrived to sign and before I signed I think that here and at every club before you sign or they take a new manager, it is important to speak about what work the manager did in the past."

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