Chelsea manager, Conte defends his tactics during City defeat

"We have a massive game on Saturday against Crystal Palace at home and we have to focus on the nine games ahead of us in the Premier League and try to get that Champions League spot".

Chelsea were spending most of their time defending while Hazard, down the other end of the pitch, was getting increasingly frustrated at his lack of time on the ball - with the champions having zero shots in the first half. We showed the same desire as at Stamford Bridge.

"Once we had the ball, we were immediately surrounded by three or four players". I think we tried to not concede the space for a long part of the match and that was good.

"If I remember well, Arsenal played twice against them and you [the media] criticise a lot [Arsene] Wenger because they concede three goals in only 30 minutes".

"I think this moment you have to accept every critic", Chelsea's manager said.

When asked if Chelsea could have been more ambitious in their play, striker Olivier Giroud, who came on as substitute, said: "It is a good question".

However, Conte's contain and counter-attack game plan was undone within a minute of the second period when Sergio Aguero's reverse pass picked out David Silva and his namesake Bernardo knocked the ball into the ground and over the helpless Thibaut Courtois for his seventh goal of the season.

"We didn't concede one shot on target, we create enough chances to win, and I think we made an wonderful performance because (it) is against Chelsea, the last champion".

"Before the game the manager set it out in their mind "we're just going to sit back, we're not going to play". For which the only line seen on Sunday was a defensive line, which ensured that Willian had just two touches into the City box!

Hazard also had his bit to say about Conte's tactics on the weekend, and admitted that he struggled to play against City's centre backs.

According to the Sport Review, Gary said on his Sky Sports podcast: "The interesting game is the one we've got in a couple of weeks, the Manchester United-Liverpool game at Old Trafford". We are so far so good. But Matt Capanna wrote on Twitter, "The thing is RA [Roman Abramovich] only really sacks them once it's clear top 4 or a CL [Champions League] win is unlikely".

Hazard continues: "We haven't played with our qualities".

  • Julie Sanders