Chelsea manager, Conte defends his tactics during City defeat

City's record-breaking side have already won the Carabao Cup final and want to win the treble

City's record-breaking side have already won the Carabao Cup final and want to win the treble

Wrapping it up early would allow City to cruise through the run-in but midfielder Gundogan is concerned about how any drop in intensity could affect their Champions League challenge. Fortunately tonight we won three more points and now we have to think about the next one.

Chelsea's manager has persisted with the idea that the Belgian benefits the team as a false 9 despite little evidence to back his thinking.

Wise, 51, was left bemused as to why it took the Chelsea manager almost 80 minutes to bring on an established striker - Olivier Giroud in the 79th minute - despite City's distinct dominance of possession.

It was the Blues' fourth loss in five league games and left them five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with nine games to play, heaping further pressure on a manager whose long-term future was already uncertain. "So when they put Hazard up front on his own, I was a wee bit disappointed because I didn't know if that was a good idea and it clearly wasn't working at all" said Pat.

Former Manchester United defender Neville, who was a co-commentator during the game, criticised Chelsea's passive style on Sunday, calling their performance "unacceptable".

"We tried to have patience".

"We wanted to play the last games in a very serious way, keep our form and our mentality".

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Chelsea is expected to have the same approach when it travels to Camp Nou to face Barcelona in the Champions League. Same desire as at Stamford Bridge.

It's worth bearing in mind that this was one of the most important games of the season.

Antonio Conte's men failed to register a shot on target as Pep Guardiola's City enjoyed a relatively straightforward afternoon against last year's Premier League winners.

For Chelsea, it was death by almost a thousand passes.

He moaned: "When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you've ran, but that you haven't played a game of football".

Many of City's opponents know the feeling.

For newly promoted Premier League sides a game plan like that might be acceptable, but for the reigning champions of England? "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", he said. If I play as a defensive midfielder, I will try to fulfil it in a flawless way. That's a worry not just for Conte but for the rest of English soccer.

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