Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Manchester City Defeat Chelsea 1-0, Strengthen Grip on EPL Top Spot

Pep Guardiola issues positive update on Raheem Sterling injury Raheem Sterling has been sidelined with a hamstring injury
Sidney Guerrero | 06 March, 2018, 02:33

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has hit back at Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville after they criticised his side's lack of ambition in the Blues' 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.

With Chelsea's supine performance at the Etihad on Sunday drawing vast amounts of attention in football circles, the focus is being unnecessarily taken away from Manchester City.

Chelsea face a battle to finish in the top four to earn their place in the Champions League next season.

When Leroy Sane spoke to ESPN FC in Los Angeles during Manchester City's preseason tour of the United States last summer, he made the bold claim that the club could challenge Real Madrid for the Champions League title because of the attacking talent being assembled by Pep Guardiola.

"I am not so stupid to play against Manchester City open and to lose 3-0 or 4-0", Conte told reporters.

That's a pity. We could have played on for three hours, and I [still] wouldn't touch a ball. I never spoke with the players about the records.

"I try to wait because the (Morata) substitution was with (Eden) Hazard and you hope until the end that a player like Hazard can invent something in the game", added Conte.

In the past seven days Arsenal and Chelsea, giants of the English domestic game and Champions League stalwarts, have been panned for their approach to playing City.

Conte's men now trail Tottenham Hotspur in fourth by five points.

Time Warp: Rita Moreno Brings Back Her 'West Side Story' Oscars Dress
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Conte's reasons for playing Hazard through the middle are understandable, especially when faced with such unsafe opposition as City.

"For me personally, it's hard to play well if you only get the ball three times".

Gundogan said: "When it happens is not in our hands, we just need to keep winning games and then the day will come".

"We have lost a lot of games already and we don't have space to make another mistake".

However, he hailed the standards set by his players. The quicker we do that the better.

"I don't know if it would be good to win the league that early".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola may be masterminding one of the Premier League's most dominant title wins in history, but rival managers could probably give him a run for his money in the parking stakes.

Asked whether he felt such a season of dominance could be possible, Guardiola said:"Before?"

Chelsea were able to muster three shots in the second half after Bernardo Silva broke the deadlock a minute after the restart, but none of them were on target.

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