Chelsea boss Antonio Conte took a swipe at Manchester United and Manchester City’s transfer spending, saying money does not guarantee success.
Manchester United bought Paul Pogba for a world record fee of £89m while City made away with huge sign on fees on players such as £50m defender John Stones in the summer.
Conte was keen to point out the financial power spending of City and United, who are 11 and 12 points behind his side respectively as his team sits on top of the log.
“This season it’s very important to understand that it’s not always about who spends more money who wins,” Conte added.
“This season isn’t the only season both Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money. Look at the past.”
“[We want] to build, also, slowly slowly to become a real power.”
Chelsea face Southampton at the bridge tonight and will be looking to extend their lead to seven points over city rivals Tottenham.
“To win the title in England is a great achievement. To win in England these days is not easy.
“Now it’s a good season. To become a great or fantastic season there is only one way: to try to win.” he said.