Antonio Conte has pleaded with the Chelsea board to spend money in the coming transfer window.
The Chelsea boss has repeatedly voiced his disappointment with the summer business and lamented a desperately thin squad.
And the squad limitations mean Conte and his players find themselves third in the table and eleven points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Chelsea have struggled to compensate with injuries to big players this season and Conte urged the Blues board to sanction a January spending spree.
He said: ‘Manchester City’s path is incredible, no? I think Manchester City in this season is a strong team.
‘Also last season, Manchester City were a fantastic team.
‘Then, after the transfer market, they bought their first targets and then they have improved a lot.
‘They can do this also in January maybe and in the future. For this reason, we must be worried because if we want to compete with Manchester City we have to work and make the best decisions in the market. Conte reaction after Liverpool and Chelsea game Play Video Loaded: 0% 0:00Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Fullscreen
‘If you want to reach something important it’s very important to have a good balance.’
Chelsea managed to rescue a point against Liverpool on Saturday, but fell further behind City as the Sky Blues came from behind to beat Huddersfield on Sunday.
Conte believes Chelsea will fall further behind should the club fail to act in the transfer window.
City are almost certain to add to their squad in January with Pep Guardiola eyeing a centre-back after an injury to John Stones.
Chelsea spent a significant amount of money in the summer on Alvaro Morata, Danny Drinkwater, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko, but Conte missed out on several top targets.
They included striker Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United, midfielders Antonio Candreva and Ross Barkley and centre-back Virgil van Dijk.