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Chelsea's fire has all but gone under Conte

07 March, 2018, 11:44 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte defended his negative approach to Sunday's 1-0 Premier League defeat by Manchester City, saying to play open football against Pep Guardiola's side was to risk heavy defeat.

His 46th minute score was the only one that counted in City's triumph Sunday at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. "I think if you ask the players, the players neither", Guardiola said.

We have played [Manchester] United and City away. It is not the day and the moment to question whether we are behind the boss or not. "It starts 0-0 and we have to treat this as two halves and try to get something from the first half and see what happens".

City, the Premier League's champion-in-waiting, had Chelsea beaten before a ball was even kicked.

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

"Before the first game against PSG people said "Madrid is not good, PSG is going to win, is a top team" and Madrid win 3-1 because Madrid has 12 Champions Leagues and it is a lot".

"They were getting absolutely hammered, they were getting passed off the park, they weren't getting close and they weren't laying a glove but with 20 minutes to go, I'm thinking, you know what, there are plenty of teams doing this and then they have a dig for 20 minutes at the end because they've held off and City do tire a bit towards the end. We have three targets to aim for this season, including the FA Cup, and we need to go for all of them", Azpilicueta said.

Defeat was Chelsea's fourth in five top-flight matches and left the Stamford Bridge outfit in fifth place, five points adrift of Tottenham in fourth.

Despite City's clear superiority, Bernardo Silva's goal early in the second half was all they had to show for their efforts.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher branded Conte's tactics as "anti-football", comments which the Italian did not agree with the match.

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

"I think we made an awesome performance because (it) is against Chelsea, the last champion". They didn't create too many chances, even if they had two or three.



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