Antonio Conte sends honest message to Chelsea FC fans about Ross Barkley

A 1-0 win over Chelsea did not reflect Manchester City's dominance, according to Pep Guardiola, who said it was hard to create against a team that "defend with nine players in their box".

It must have been embarrassing for Roman Abramovich and all the other Chelsea power holders that their team was so defensive away to Manchester City on Sunday.

Bernardo Silva's goal lifts Man City over Chelsea, keeping City unbeaten this season at the Etihad.

Successive 3-0 reverses by Manchester City, the first in the League Cup final and the second in the league, could be explained in part by the dominance of Pep Guardiola's runaway table-toppers, but the losses to Ostersunds in the Europa League and to Brighton verged on embarrassing.

Bernardo Silva scored the only goal as City took another stride towards the Premier League title with a 1-0 victory over their lacklustre opponents.

"That has nothing to do with solidity or shape of the team they are playing, it is just the intent".

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.

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).

Speaking after the match, Redknapp did not hold back, giving a scathing assessment of Chelsea's performance against City.

With its 14th straight league win at home, City moved to within 12 points of clinching the title.

Chelsea had frustrated City in the first half but the game was won by a Bernardo Silva strike in the first minute after the break.

Asked about the late subs, Conte said: "I tried to do something with the substitutions".

As City pressed, matchwinner Silva had an effort on goal in the 20th minute, after a Sane run, but this time to no avail. "I have enough experience and desire to turn things around. They have great intensity in every moment of the game", Conte said. 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. "The quality. To have the distance between many teams now".

Conte made a decision to bring in Oliver Giroud in the 78th minute for Willian, and then put in Emerson for Pedro Rodriguez just four minutes later. Meanwhile, Chelsea cut adrift of the top 4 after the loss.

Manchester City will end the day 18 points clear at the top of the Premier League, the biggest lead ahead of second place since March 2006, when Chelsea were 18 points ahead of Manchester United. They kept possession and kept us at bay, ticking down the clock until the game cantered to a boring climax.

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