Man City defeat Chelsea 1-0, strengthen grip on EPL top spot

Jose Mourinho

After Chelsea's defensive approach resulted in a first-half stalemate, City went ahead 33 seconds into the second period when Bernardo Silva turned in a low cross from David Silva. Conte's men were, however, set up to strangle the life out of the game, at least that is the opinion of Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

"We had to be careful against the counter-attacks, Hazard, Willian and Pedro are all quick players but we controlled it and we were quick with the ball, nobody was making extra passes or extra touches".

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. Records are always a effect of what you have done but they are not the main thing.

"I'm not sure how the game just drifted, drifted, drifted for 90 minutes with no reaction from the sidelines".

Conte fired back at Redknapp's comments. "They'll be going home thinking Chelsea were awful - it was a stroll". "That was a crime against football what they did today... it was like they didn't want to go forward at all".

"I really feel really strongly about it". They have to, because sometimes I can not reach them during a game. I understand not playing with a striker and being hard to beat, but you must have some intent. Records are a outcome of what we have done.

You can only beat what is placed in front of you, good or bad, so nothing should be taken away from Manchester City's Premier League title triumph when the inevitable is confirmed in the coming weeks.

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.

"As much as Pep [Guardiola] would have celebrated that, he must have thought "that was a waste of time".

"Chelsea should have given them the three points before the game started". If I remember well, a few days ago, Arsenal played twice against them, they conceded three goals in 13 minutes.

"Do you think this?"

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City's hunger and desire are that strong. They lacked energy and passion which allowed Guardiola's team all the freedom to attack.

"I think the target was to be solid until the end and then try to put one in at the end".

Asked about the late subs, Conte said: "I tried to do something with the substitutions". This must be a great frustration for me, for my players, for my club.

It really is. In terms of a Premier League game it's unacceptable. No way. Who could believe it?

Why do that when you can give the ball to Thibaut Courtois and he can clear it and try to give City a problem higher up the pitch, especially when you have got a player like Olivier Giroud to come off the bench?

The Portugal midfielder backed up his goal in the 3-0 win over Arsenal on Thursday with the victor against Chelsea.

It was the Portugal winger's second goal in as many games and he is impressing now he has nailed a place in the starting team following injuries to Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in recent months.

"It's not simple to play against Man City". Moses blazed his shot way wide. Hazard, in particular, looked a frustrated figure while playing mostly with his back to goal and surviving on scraps of possession.

City dominated from the outset but Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match as they opened up an 18-point lead at the Premier League summit to move four wins away from the title. If they were to win all of their remaining nine matches, City would finish the season on 105 points. Guardiola's side is showing no mercy on its way to a second trophy of the season, after the League Cup last weekend.

"Before the game, manager set it out in their mind "we are just going to sit back, we're not going to play".

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