There's No Crisis And We're Behind Antonio Conte, Insists Chelsea Attacker

Conte attempted to explain his tactics away as a outcome of the absence of the unwell N'Golo Kante, but the Chelsea manager conceded that his team's performance was not up to requirements.

Chelsea's massed ranks formed a blue wall of defensive defiance, organised and well-drilled, leaving City to enjoy nearly total possession and search for any gaps in the barricade assembled by Antonio Conte. "The way we play today is a bit similar to what we have done (this season)", he said.

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

I was really looking forward to this game today.

"Chelsea are better than that - we saw them seven days ago go to Manchester United and play better than that".

"I think in this moment you have to accept every criticism but I am not so stupid to play against Manchester City open and to lose 3-0 or 4-0", the Chelsea manager said. It just is not right.

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

David Silva has been one of the symbols of Manchester City's success in the new era, playing a crucial role in two title wins and showing his enduring quality with goals in the successive 3-0 wins against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup at Wembley last Sunday and at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

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The Premier League title holders, who played without a recognised striker for 78 minutes, ceded 71 per cent of possession to the champions elect and failed to register a single shot on target as they suffered defeat, thanks to Bernardo Silva's goal early in the second half. They are better than that.

Silva has assisted 73 Premier League goals since his debut in August 2010, 20 more than any other player in that time. I think if you ask the players, the players neither.

"To have the distance, 25 to Chelsea, 33 to Arsenal".

Instead, we opted to sit off and invite pressure, which Man City were not in any hurry to provide. "When the team struggles for confidence it's even more hard".

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 had a high, wide and not so handsome shot which in truth summed up the Londoners' tepid day.

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.

"It is not a good weekend for us because our opponents won but we still have nine games to go". In terms of results and the way we play, so far we are so good. However, he immediately broke the deadlock just 35 seconds into the 2nd half to give City the lead which was enough to secure the three points.

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