Chelsea's 'crime against football' as City break new PL mark

Clyde Nash
March 6, 2018

Chelsea's tactics in their defeat against Manchester City were bad to watch, and it is hard to understand why Antonio Conte did not try to change things around.

Bernardo Silva was also on target against Arsenal on Thursday and is poised to have an increasingly influential say on City's conclusion to the season as Guardiola and his players chase further glory.

City won 1-0 at home to Chelsea later on Sunday, with Bernardo Silva scoring the decisive goal, as they moved a commanding 18 points clear of the chasing pack.

"I think when you play against Manchester City, you know in this moment the difference between the two teams is enormous and there are 25 points".

"I think that the pundit has to use the head to understand when you speak about tactics because I think that you must have knowledge to speak about tactics and not only to speak in a stupid way."

Chelsea failed to register a single shot in the first half, the first time they'd not had a shot in the first half of a Premier League game since 2003/04 (when Opta began recording the data).

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Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match 35 seconds into the second half at the Etihad Stadium when he prodded home at the back post from David Silva's low cross.

Chelsea finished 15 points ahead of City last season in romping to the league title.

The first one saw City renew a record they had set back in October, by blowing away their record of most successful passes in a league game.

"The coach made the tactics and we tried to respect it".

Conte must have told his players to continue in the same first half fashion, but City ensured that was not the case as Bernardo Silva registered the first goal after just 35 seconds after the restart.

For City, which rested captain Vincent Kompany, it capped a phenomenal eight days in which it recorded back-to-back 3-0 victories over Arsenal, the first coming in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley to give Pep Guardiola his first piece of silverware in English football.

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"It's not good enough [the lack of shots on target] but this is the truth". This must be a great frustration for me, for my players, for my club.

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

Conte chose to bring in Oliver Giroud in the 78th minute for Willian, and then put in Emerson for Pedro Rodriguez just four minutes later. Moses blazed his shot way wide.

Chelsea lost in Manchester for the second straight weekend, defeated 1-0 at runaway leader Man City to drop five points adrift of the top four with nine games remaining. Obviously, we could have done better but these are not small games.

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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