Ruthless Man City march on as Chelsea woes continue


Of course his side could still have lost the match, because City are such a good team, but Chelsea might have put them under a bit of pressure.

"My tactics were not to concede space between the lines, not to concede space to Manchester City because if you do that you risk losing by many goals", the Italian told Sky Sports.

Bernardo Silva scored the only goal as City took another stride towards the Premier League title with a 1-0 victory over their lacklustre opponents.

But of course when we played against the better teams, they had a better solution to make things hard for us. I was looking forward to watching this game today.

Why do that when you can give the ball to Thibaut Courtois and he can clear it and try to give City a problem higher up the pitch, especially when you have got a player like Olivier Giroud to come off the bench? "They're better than that, they're much better than that".

You can only beat what is placed in front of you, good or bad, so nothing should be taken away from Manchester City's Premier League title triumph when the inevitable is confirmed in the coming weeks.

The Blues' dominance was such that Chelsea failed to record a single shot on target, as City recorded more passes in a Premier League game than any other side since records began in 2003-04. "But don't forget we were missing N'Golo Kante who is a crucial player for our balance".

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"It's not good enough [the lack of shots on target] but this is the truth".

Conte attempted to explain his tactics away as a effect of the absence of the unwell N'Golo Kante, but the Chelsea manager conceded that his team's performance was not up to requirements. This must be a great frustration for me, for my players, for my club. "When the team struggles for confidence it's even more hard".

Learning of the tragic death of a former player in Italy's Davide Astori this morning, the afternoon's defeat to Manchester City will no doubt pale in comparison to the devastating loss of the 31-year-old defender.

Conte chose to bring in Oliver Giroud in the 78th minute for Willian, and then put in Emerson for Pedro Rodriguez just four minutes later. Hazard, in particular, looked a frustrated figure while playing mostly with his back to goal and surviving on scraps of possession.

Also, it was Chelsea's fourth defeat in five EPL matches and eight in total, five points behind Tottenham, who occupy the last Champions League slot.

Arsenal's eighth loss since the turn of the year left their hopes of a top-four finish in tatters, with Wenger admitting it was "already gone" even before the Gunners were left 13 points adrift of the leading quartet. Guardiola's side is showing no mercy on its way to a second trophy of the season, after the League Cup last weekend. Obviously, we could have done better but these are not small games.

"We made an wonderful performance because Chelsea is still the champions".