City powers past Chelsea as title moves closer

Conte challenges Chelsea to match Manchester City's ambition

Ahead of facing Manchester City Chelsea boss Antonio Conte discussed opposite number Pep Guardiola and his club working

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte branded Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville "stupid" for criticising his tactics in the Blues' 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

Instead, we opted to sit off and invite pressure, which Man City were not in any hurry to provide.

Pep Guardiola started Oleksandr Zinchenko on the left side of defence with Kyle Walker fit after injury doubt but with Eden Hazard playing the false nine role, Manchester City had all the possession in the first half. "I think if you ask the players, the players neither". Neville called it "embarrassing" and added during the game: "They're just watching Manchester City play; they're like mannequins... it is painful to watch, this".

The pundit has to use the head to understand when you speak about tactics, because I think you must have knowledge to speak about tactics and not only to speak in a stupid way.

Ilkay Gundogan had the freedom of the Etihad, completing more passes (161) than any other single player in a Premier League game.

The only teams to have any kind of success against City this season have been those who have been prepared to fight fire with fire.

After a spirited first half performance, Chelsea were eventually breached thanks to Bernardo Silva who finished off David Silva's squared pass to earn the three points for City.

"Last year we spoke so much about what Antonio Conte did for this league, the job he did and the way he changed the system".

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

When a team like Chelsea has this attitude, the rest of the Premier League has no hope. "They have great intensity in every moment of the game", Conte said.

Pep Guardiola's Man City have not faced many teams willing to go toe to toe with them this season.

Yet the Belgian was anonymous throughout and cut a frustrated figure as he failed to have any impact, with Conte waiting until the 78th minute to bring on a striker in Olivier Giroud, and then delaying Morata's arrival until the final minute. Moses had a high, wide and not so handsome shot which in truth summed up the Londoners' tepid day. It was a second straight loss in Manchester for Chelsea, having been defeated 2-1 by Man United last weekend.

It means that City - boasting the biggest lead ahead of a second-placed side since 2006 - now need a maximum of four league wins to be crowned Premier League champions for the third time.

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 risky area. In terms of results and the way we play, so far we are so good.

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