City v Chelsea player ratings: Hazard off the boil while Gundogan dictates

City v Chelsea player ratings: Hazard off the boil while Gundogan dictates

City v Chelsea player ratings: Hazard off the boil while Gundogan dictates

Former Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise has hit out at Antonio Conte following his decision to deploy Eden Hazard as a central forward in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

The west London side are facing an uphill struggled to try and get back into the top four this season, with the Blues now five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with nine games left to play.

"Conte's side showed hardly any attacking intent - instead they were just hoping for a City mistake to let them in on a counter-attack, or hoping for someone to produce a moment of genius in front of goal".

"I had the feeling that I'd ran, but that I hadn't played a game of football", the 27-year-old said.

Gary Neville has replied to Antonio Conte's "stupid" punditry dig by insisting that Chelsea's display at Manchester City on Sunday filled him with "disgust".

"I think that we must have a big regret for the defeats against Bournemouth, Watford and United, but I don't think today because I think we played against a strong team", he said. "We have some great players and a great team but obviously, today, Manchester City deserved to win".

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"But for sure when we chose to play with Pedro, Hazard and Willian there is a difficulty to have the players to change the game".

"I always say other teams have to pay great attention to's very hard to find a weakness in this team". "We have three targets to aim for this season, including the FA Cup, and we need to go for all of them", Azpilicueta said.

Chelsea now sit in fifth place in the Premier League table, five points behind Tottenham in fourth.

"We tried to not concede the space to Manchester City for a long part of the match [and it] was good". I think Pedro and Willian had a fantastic game.

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. Conte set the team up that way, so he has to take the blame. "We could have come back at the end but it was not enough and City deserved to win".

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