Chelsea star frustrated with Antonio Conte's decisions after 1-0 defeat

Chelsea star frustrated with Antonio Conte's decisions after 1-0 defeat

Pep Guardiola's irresistible Manchester City side are cruising to the 2017/18 Premier League title and their 1-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday afternoon moved them a step closer to officially becoming champions.

The Blues were criticised for a perceived lack of interest as they succumbed to the dominant hosts at the Etihad, leaving them five points off fourth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League.

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville had earlier labelled Chelsea's display in their 1-0 defeat vs City as "anti-football" and "embarrassing" respectively, and Conte has since hit out at both Redknapp and Neville referring to them as "stupid".

After a spirited first half performance, Chelsea were eventually breached thanks to Bernardo Silva who finished off David Silva's squared pass to earn the three points for City.

"Conte put me up front, I tried to do my maximum, but I don't think we played a good match".

"We are not happy with that (but) it is not the day and the moment to question whether we are behind the boss or not". We were expecting [Jairo] Riedewald in defensive midfield and [Alexander] Sorloth out left, but he came with a 4-4-2, two aggressive strikers together, strong in the air then dropping back to defend.

After the loss at Brighton, Wenger suggested for the first time that winning the Europa League may be the easiest route for Arsenal to secure Champions League football for next season.

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

About the game against City, the Frenchman added, "It is not a good weekend for us because our opponents in the Champions League race won. It only went better at the end of the game". For sure when we made a decision to play with Pedro, Hazard and Willian [up front], there is a bit of difficulty to have on the bench players to change the game.

"Some top teams will play against each other - you never know".

"Now we need three or four victories to be champions".

"I think it was wrong in the way they set their stall out and the way they played".

Hazard is unsure if Conte is likely to use him to perform a similar role again in future.

"But when you concede a goal just after half-time, it kills your goal a little bit".

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