Guardiola says he could not have imagined City title runaway

06 March 2018, 01:55 | Kristine Mills

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hit back at criticism from pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp following his side's performance during their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City this afternoon. "But then you have to continue to build something important with the coach", Conte added.

"Chelsea haven't been fearless today", he said.

IT WAS a case of Silva service for the champions-elect as David set up namesake, Bernardo, for Manchester City's winning goal against Chelsea today (March 4).

Still Chelsea hardly approached the game like a team who needed points to get back in contention to qualify for Europe's elite competition.

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

City won 1-0 at home to Chelsea later on Sunday, with Bernardo Silva scoring the decisive goal, as they moved a commanding 18 points clear of the chasing pack.

"There is no part of me that can watch this and think this is right".

"We had to be careful against the counter attacks", Guardiola said on NBCSN.

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For City, which rested captain Vincent Kompany, it capped a phenomenal eight days in which it recorded back-to-back 3-0 victories over Arsenal, the first coming in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley to give Pep Guardiola his first piece of silverware in English football.

Sane created the hosts' first big chance 21 minutes in when he slalomed past three Chelsea defenders before feeding Bernardo Silva, whose shot dipped just too late and dropped onto the roof of the net. They have to, because sometimes I can not reach them during a game. "They're better than that, they're much better than that". This must be a great frustration for me, for my players, for my club. "Who could believe?" he said.

Instead, we opted to sit off and invite pressure, which Man City were not in any hurry to provide.

Apart from starting Danny Drinkwater instead of N'Golo Kante, who was ill, Chelsea's team on Sunday was the same one that drew with Barcelona at the end of February, and again they let the opposition dominate possession.

It was the Portugal winger's second goal in as many games and he is impressing now he has nailed a place in the starting team following injuries to Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in recent months.

There were further questions raised over why Conte, with his side falling 1-0 down in the 46th minute, only brought Giroud on with 12 minutes left and Morata in the 90th minute. Moses blazed his shot way wide.

Arsenal's eighth loss since the turn of the year left their hopes of a top-four finish in tatters, with Wenger admitting it was "already gone" even before the Gunners were left 13 points adrift of the leading quartet.

"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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