Man City 1-0 Chelsea: 'Antonio Conte tactics awful to watch'


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

Conte attempted to explain his tactics away as a outcome of the absence of the unwell N'Golo Kante, but the Chelsea manager conceded that his team's performance was not up to requirements.

Antonio Conte has admitted that he has been impressed by Ross Barkley's attitude and determination since signing for Chelsea FC in the January transfer window.

"We see year in, year out there are many, many teams who have to play deeper because they're playing against a superior team".

The rest of the game went by with Chelsea showing no intent going forward and registered only 2 shots in the entire game.

But of course when we played against the better teams, they had a better solution to make things hard for us.

I was watching the game, especially in the second half when City were 1-0 up, and thinking "right, let's change something" - not only in terms of personnel, but tactically too.

Ilkay Gundogan had the freedom of the Etihad, completing more passes (161) than any other single player in a Premier League game. They have to, because sometimes I can not reach them during a game. Well, I am sure they will play the same way against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on 14 March, but they can not be like headless chickens there.

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Tony Carr poured in 25 points for the second straight night and found Josh Reaves for a game-winning layup with 3.1 seconds left. The Wolverines protected their advantage but the Spartans pulled within 50-47 on a 3-pointer by Bridges with 8:28 remaining.

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. Who could believe it? You have to play with great intensity in every moment. "But don't forget we were missing N'Golo Kante who is a crucial player for our balance".

Pep Guardiola's Man City have not faced many teams willing to go toe to toe with them this season.

Instead, we opted to sit off and invite pressure, which Man City were not in any hurry to provide. Moses had a high, wide and not so handsome shot which in truth summed up the Londoners' tepid day.

Yet the Belgian was anonymous throughout and cut a frustrated figure as he failed to have any impact, with Conte waiting until the 78th minute to bring on a striker in Olivier Giroud, and then delaying Morata's arrival until the final minute.

Arsenal's eighth loss since the turn of the year left their hopes of a top-four finish in tatters, with Wenger admitting it was "already gone" even before the Gunners were left 13 points adrift of the leading quartet.

"We were aggressive, we had desire, we had commitment to show we want to do it again and again, and that's why we won". Ten months later, City is 25 points clear of the soon-to-be-deposed champions.

At Milan, we were so good that, most of the time, we could control that - just like City did on Sunday.