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Manchester City title runaway a surprise for Pep

07 March, 2018, 11:44 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Antonio Conte defends Chelsea approach against Manchester City

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City took another considerable step towards the Premier League title after defeating Chelsea 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville had earlier labelled Chelsea's display in their 1-0 defeat vs City as "anti-football" and "embarrassing" respectively, and Conte has since hit out at both Redknapp and Neville referring to them as "stupid". "I think if you ask the players, the players neither", Guardiola said.

To say Chelsea fans were disappointed with their performance at Manchester City would be putting things mildly.

"Twenty-five points is a big gap and I think that we can have regret for the other games but not for this, because I think the effort of the players was an important effort". 'Today they showed the difference between them and us in this moment. "Obviously we are behind him and we are all sticking together".

They remain alive in this season's competition but must find a way past Barcelona at the Nou Camp next week to reach the quarter-finals.

The Champions League is a big stage for us and, of course, we want to win it.

Blues defender Alonso believes Chelsea's current problem is down to their attitude and how they are approaching games.

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"But Chelsea is a fantastic team and, I know it looks a bit odd because you know we had problems in the past, but it's quite ridiculous that I have to say how unfair it is to speak the way people are speaking about the English champion. We have three targets to aim for this season, including the FA Cup, and we need to go for all of them", Azpilicueta said.

"We need to get back on it".

"The coach made his tactics, we tried to respect it".

"If I remember well, two days ago, Arsenal played twice against them and then you criticise a lot Wenger because they concede three goals in only 30 minutes". The 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year stopped short of criticizing Conte's tactics though, which were extremely defensive and very pragmatic yesterday.

"When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you've ran, but that you haven't played a game of football - that's a pity", he told Belgian publication HLN.

Bernard Silva was the one who found the back of the net to break the scoreless deadlock in the very first minute of the second half on a cross by David Silva.


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