Things We Learned From Manchester City's Dominant 1-0 Win Over Chelsea

Things We Learned From Manchester City's Dominant 1-0 Win Over Chelsea

"We must have a big regret for the defeat against Bournemouth, Watford, (Manchester) United, but I don't think today because today we played against a team that is showing to be a strong team", he said. It was bad. Yes, you want to come to Manchester City and make sure you're compact to stop Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas sidled up to him but didn't put in a tackle. "The way we play today is a bit similar to what we have done (this season)", he said.

"I wouldn't have got a touch even if we played for three hours, even if we improved in the last 10 or 15 minutes", the Belgium global said after the match.

He was soon followed by a host of Manchester City stars including Bernardo Silva, who continued his impressive recent form with the winning goal against Antonio Conte's side.

It was a disappointing day for Chelsea and manager Conte - and of even greater concern is that they are now five points adrift of Tottenham in fourth place in the race for spots in next season's Champions League.

Chelsea had opted to play a front three of Pedro, Willian and Eden Hazard with the Belgian operating in the false nine position.

The former Juventus and Italy manager said Arsenal's two 3-0 defeats by City last week, in the League Cup final and a Premier League game at the Emirates, showed what can happen if teams play too openly against City. He managed to do that last season, but the fire appears to have gone out.

The ease with which they brushed Chelsea aside was astonishing (albeit helped by the Blues' incredibly defensive setup from the get-go) and proved just how much of a fear factor there is around City right now. The coach made his tactics.

"We tried to have patience".




Chelsea is expected to have the same approach when it travels to Camp Nou to face Barcelona in the Champions League.

"(On Sunday it) was another demonstration - same level, same desire as at Stamford Bridge (where City won 1-0).

"I think Chelsea have given us an unacceptable 90 minutes there".

For Chelsea, it was death by almost a thousand passes.

Such is City's mastery of both passing and pressing that its rivals are suffocated into submission.

The Portugal global said: "Chelsea can play how they want".

Hazard was throwing his arms up in disgust before the end of the first half, as another long ball toward him flew over his head.

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