Chelsea manager Antonio Conte labels pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp 'stupid'

Jessica Allison
March 6, 2018

The clash between Manchester City and Chelsea was expected to be highly competitive and entertaining.

The 24-year-old will be bidding to prove himself to Conte as he looks to try and earn a regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge and secure a place in the England squad for this summer's World Cup.

If Chelsea fans expected that goal to force a change of approach from Conte they were disappointed as they had to wait until the 78th minute for Giroud to be brought on for Willian.

Chelsea arrived at Etihad Stadium as the English champions - for a few more weeks, anyway - but ended up playing ultra-defensively, bowing to the utter supremacy of a team that has turned the title race into a procession.

"I was critical of Newcastle before Christmas because I thought in the first half hour of that game, the intent was really poor".

Still Chelsea hardly approached the game like a team who needed points to get back in contention to qualify for Europe's elite competition. "I think if you ask the players, the players (couldn't believe it) neither", he said.

"There is no part of me that can watch this and think this is right".

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"I think we made an fantastic performance because (it) is against Chelsea, the last champion". When you concede the space to Manchester City there is the risk for the game to finish 3 or 4-0.

Sane created the hosts' first big chance 21 minutes in when he slalomed past three Chelsea defenders before feeding Bernardo Silva, whose shot dipped just too late and dropped onto the roof of the net. I was looking forward to watching this game today.

In driving rain, and with Chelsea mysteriously refusing to take off the handbrake, they were able to close out a victory that will, in its own way, have brought as much pleasure to Guardiola as numerous more spectacular wins this season. "They have great intensity in every moment of the game", Conte said.

Instead, we opted to sit off and invite pressure, which Man City were not in any hurry to provide. "The quality. To have the distance between many teams now". Alonso had a try on the City post but he shot wide as City concluded a very good week.

Also, it was Chelsea's fourth defeat in five EPL matches and eight in total, five points behind Tottenham, who occupy the last Champions League slot. Ten months later, City is 25 points clear of the soon-to-be-deposed champions. They kept possession and kept us at bay, ticking down the clock until the game cantered to a tiresome climax.

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.

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