Manchester City midfielder Rodri has backed Tottenham and Antonio Conte to be title contenders come the end of the season following their unbeaten start to the campaign.
The Lilywhites had a busy summer, adding seven players to their side for 22/23 including Everton striker Richarlison and Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.
And, so far, while they have flattered to deceive with their performances, they are unbeaten in the top flight, second only to north London rivals Arsenal, who they trail by a point heading into the international break.
They will have a chance to remedy that situation, however, with the two sides meeting in the first game after the international fixtures at the Emirates Stadium for another game that could have massive repercussions for both sides.
And, speaking to Italian media, Rodri has backed Conte and Spurs to be there or thereabouts come the end of the campaign, due to Conte’s presence and the summer additions that they made.
“They have put together a great squad and they have a manager who has very clear ideas and who knows how to convey them perfectly”, the City star told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“They know what they have to do and they do it with great precision. I see Spurs as candidates for the title. Conte’s career speaks for itself.”
Once more, it looks as though Manchester City will take some stopping even despite their draws so far this season that have left them in third place heading into the international break.
The presence of Erling Haaland, who already has 11 goals this season, adds yet another dimension to the side that have won four of the last five Premier League titles, and over a 38 game season his goals will likely propel them to a fifth.