Eden Hazard frustrated by lack of involvement in defeat at Manchester City

Eden Hazard frustrated by lack of involvement in defeat at Manchester City

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte accused Jamie Redknapp of being "stupid" after the television pundit labelled the reigning Premier League champions' tactics at Manchester City "a crime against football". It was his cross that Bernardo Silva converted to give City the lead and thereafter Chelsea's midfield were just chasing David Silva's shadow.

City, the Premier League's champion-in-waiting, had Chelsea beaten before a ball was even kicked. "When you concede the space to Manchester City there is the risk for the game to finish 3 or 4-0", he said.

"If I remember well, Arsenal three days ago played against them and you criticise (Arsene) Wenger because they concede three goals".

'The pundit has to use the head to understand when you speak about tactics, because I think you must have knowledge to speak about tactics and not only to speak in a stupid way'.

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Chelsea played winger Eden Hazard as a lone striker and operated a deep midfield in front of their backline, showing little ambition or attempt to press or counter-attack in numbers.

Hazard was particularly frustrated by the direct approach of the team, which he felt did not suit him.

The 27-year-old said: "Three or four games before the season finished we were already champions". Conte's men now trail Tottenham Hotspur in fourth by five points.

Conte's side were flattered by the scoreline at the Etihad Stadium.

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Yes, they only won 1-0, but City were superior in every department and should have won by a more comfortable margin as they now need four wins to guarantee the title.

"I think that they showed the difference between them and us in this moment - 25 points is a big gap", Conte added.

With nine games remaining, City who are on 78 points, have a chance to become the first team to break the 100-points barrier in the history of the English top flight. However, he hailed the standards set by his players. "We were better with the ball, but we needed to do that during the whole match". We make an awesome high pressing, they could not contact with Hazard, Willian or Pedro (Rodriguez). We are so far so good in terms of we drop points but after a lot of wins in a row but especially I think it is a outcome of the way we play today.

Guardiola admitted even he has been surprised by the extent of City's dominance this season, but insisted it is to their credit rather than the other contenders falling away.

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