Underrate slow starters at your own peril.

This is what Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte seems to be telling top teams in the Premier League.

The Manchester clubs particularly are setting the early pace with identical records, and are the only teams in the league yet to suffer defeat.

But reading too much to the standings is the last thing on Conte’s mind as he insists Chelsea will fight to the very end to retail their title.

He said: “You know very well that, in England, there are six top teams.” he said. “Manchester’s teams are in these six teams. It’s normal.

“It’s normal for United and City to be competitive and to fight for the title and the other competitions. It’s normal.

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“My idea of football is to be a team, and then the team try to extract the characteristics of the individual players.

“Now we are recovering Hazard after a bad injury, and recovering Pedro after a bad start to the season with injuries.

“We’re trying to face difficult situations, bad situations — Cahill three games of suspension, and now David Luiz...

“When you are a team, you can face this type of situation in the right way. I’m sure about this.

“But now it’s not important. We have to stay there and try and do our best. At the end of the season, we’ll see what happens.”

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