Antonio Conte questions Chelsea's ambition

Antonio Conte questions Chelsea's ambition

"We tried to have patience".

It has been a particularly tough day for Chelsea's Antonio Conte.

Manchester City's season has been characterised by regular flourishes that will make them worthy Premier League champions when the formalities are finally concluded.

"I was critical of Newcastle before Christmas because I thought in the first half hour of that game, the intent was really poor".

It was all a far cry from the Chelsea side that showed such ambition and drive to turn a half-time deficit around to win here en route to becoming Premier League champions last season. "Hazard, Willian and Pedro are all quick players but we controlled it and we were quick with the ball".

"Look at them. When I'm sat in this seat you always think, 'Am I calling it wrong or am I being too harsh?'" It just is not right.

On The Gary Neville Podcast, the high profile pundit fumed: "I think Chelsea have given us an unacceptable 90 minutes there". My tactics were to not concede space between the lines, if you do that you risk losing by many goals.

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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. They have to, because sometimes I can not reach them during a game. This must be a great frustration for me, for my players, for my club. They are better than that.

"At this moment, you have to accept every criticism", said Conte, who set up his team so defensively that Chelsea had just 22 per cent possession in the first half.

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

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. "But don't forget we were missing N'Golo Kante who is a crucial player for our balance". "When the team struggles for confidence it's even more hard". Moses blazed his shot way wide.

Chelsea have now lost four of their last five Premier League games and are in fifth place, five points behind Tottenham Hotspur who occupy the fourth Champions League spot. Meanwhile, Chelsea cut adrift of the top 4 after the loss. If they were to win all of their remaining nine matches, City would finish the season on 105 points.

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 risky area.

"If you want to win a game away (from) home in the best league in the world", Cech wrote, "your GK can't concede 2 goals like I did today.it's not possible".

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