Antonio Conte questions Chelsea's ambition

Antonio Conte questions Chelsea's ambition

Redknapp claimed Chelsea's approach was "anti-football" and a "crime against football" on Sky Sports while his colleague Neville said Conte's players were "woeful" and "embarrassing" after accusing them of "just watching Man City play - like mannequins".

But Conte hit back by insisting it would be reckless to play openly against City and cited Arsenal's back-to-back 3-0 hammerings to the runaway Premier League leaders only days before as examples of why he approached the game cautiously. "I think if you ask the players, the players (couldn't believe it) neither", he said.

The half was noteworthy for City players' darting and energetic runs into space; they are gifted footballers but also put in a shift as is demanded by taskmaster Guardiola.

You get a odd atmosphere in the dressing room when the manager is under threat - some of the players are happy with him of course but the ones who are not in the side might be thinking they might have a better chance with the next coach.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte bemoaned his wasteful side and admitted "the gap is big" between his side and Manchester City. "But then you have to continue to build something important with the coach", Conte added.

Silva has assisted 73 Premier League goals since his debut in August 2010, 20 more than any other player in that time. "When the team struggles for confidence it's even more hard".

"It's not simple in this moment to play against Manchester City". Moses blazed his shot way wide.

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Conte fielded a front three of Pedro Rodriguez and Willian behind lone striker Eden Hazard, but the trio barely saw the ball. Hazard, in particular, looked a frustrated figure while playing mostly with his back to goal and surviving on scraps of possession. Meanwhile, Chelsea cut adrift of the top 4 after the loss.

City are 18 points clear of second-placed Liverpool after beating Chelsea 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and need just four wins from their final nine games to be sure of the title. However, he immediately broke the deadlock just 35 seconds into the 2nd half to give City the lead which was enough to secure the three points. Guardiola's side is showing no mercy on its way to a second trophy of the season, after the League Cup last weekend. "Our high pressing was outstanding so we are so happy because it's another step forward to be champions".

"If you want to win a game away (from) home in the best league in the world", Cech wrote, "your GK can't concede 2 goals like I did's not possible".

Aguero was able to have only one shot throughout the whole game.

An important block by Antonio Rudiger stopped Leroy Sane guiding David Silva's cross home, before Aguero was unable to get a shot away after a loose pass in the box from Cesc Fabregas, selected in place of the ill N'Golo Kante, gifted the hosts the ball in a unsafe area.

Not for much longer.

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