Man City defeat Chelsea 1-0, strengthen grip on EPL top spot

Laurence Griffiths  GettyImages

Chelsea's tactics in their defeat against Manchester City were awful to watch, and it is hard to understand why Antonio Conte did not try to change things around. However, this wasn't the case as the game failed to live up to expectations.

All these rumours about Conte's future will not help the team, either.

The only teams to have any kind of success against City this season have been those who have been prepared to fight fire with fire. They had more than 70% of ball possession but this did not result in any real opportunities being created.

It was understandable when the mission was clearly to frustrate City and for 45 minutes it delivered a measure of success as Guardiola's side were restricted - it was after they conceded a goal that matters became confusing.

However, the second half began perfectly for the home side as they found the net immediately after kickoff, with Bernando Silva finding the net.

Liverpool are the only club to beat City in the Premier League this term and they did so by attacking Guardiola's men from all angles. I understand 'okay we won't play with a striker, let's be hard to beat, ' but you have to have some intent.

"I'm not sure how the game just drifted, drifted, drifted for 90 minutes with no reaction from the sidelines". Against Chelsea, City made 902 successful passes, an incredible 59 more than the previous record set against West Brom.

Turkish strikes kill 14 Damascus loyalists in Kurd enclave
The Syrian government deployed fighters to the enclave a month later after the Kurds called for help. The military also said "utmost care and sensitivity" is being put on avoiding harm to civilians.

Ederson barely had any threat at goal.

Chelsea did not register a single shot on target, leaving Manchester City keeper Ederson a virtual bystander as he was even able to watch Alonso's timid shot drift wide with seconds left.

Walker did not have much to do defensively but he did contain Pedro whenever the Spaniard got the ball. Going forward he was able to put in only one good cross.

City were fortunate to escape moments later, though, when Oleksandr Zinchenko wiped out Victor Moses with a wild lunge that could easily have drawn a red rather than a yellow card from referee Michael Oliver. He completed 4 key passes and 3 dribbles along with his 90% pass accuracy. Ilkay Guandogan was then booked for a foul on Hazard and you can imagine the Belgian thinking of staying down to be substituted from the drudgery he has been subjected to.

Silva's curling attempt in the first half went slightly over the crossbar.

It also left the reigning champions 25 points behind leaders City and Conte admitted the game emphasised the current gulf in class between the sides. He was marked well by the Chelsea defence denying him any space or goalscoring chance.

Sane produced a magnificent touch to bring down Kevin De Bruyne's delivery at the back post, but his thumping shot across goal was blocked on the line by Cesar Azpilicueta and Thibaut Courtois dived on the loose ball.

Related News:



Most liked

Apple could release new high-end headphones this year
Sources say Apple could redesign the headphones again before launch or even scrap the project entirely. Given their over-the-ear design, they will likely sound superior to the AirPods as well.

Gun Issue About More Than Guns
The freedom to kill scores of people in seconds? Two-thirds of Americans now support stricter gun control laws, polls have found. They darn well know, as do we, that whatever Trump says at any given moment is merely symptomatic of the mush between his ears.

In Hung Meghalaya, Congress Call To Governor, BJP Nudges Regional Parties
The party, which got 19 seats, has made great inroads since the last Assembly elections in 2013 when they managed only two. UDP chief Donkupar Roy had said that his party would support that group which is able to provide "a stable government".

Real Madrid 3-1 Getafe: 5 Talking Points
Cristiano Ronaldo got the 300 up in style for Real Madrid , netting the second goal in Saturday's La Liga game at home to Getafe. He told a press conference: "Before a second-leg game like Tuesday it was very important to have three days in a good mood".

China says its 'moderate' defence spending rises are no threat
He added that the country's stance is defensive in nature and will not pose any threat to others. However, proportionally, China's defence spending is less than other major countries, he said.

HR McMaster and Gary Cohn Edge Toward Exit Following Hope Hicks Resignation
An administration officials says McMaster will likely not return to the military and will instead retire as a three-star general. Biegun previously worked as national security advisor to former Senate majority leader Bill Frist and worked in the George.

Scaramucci denied White House access, purportedly by Chief Kelly
Kelly's defense - and defensiveness - simply doesn't jibe with what we know of the timeline of events surrounding Porter's firing. Kelly on Friday said of the initial response that, "at that point in time, I thought that statement was accurate".

Parents Gunned Down By Their Son On College Campus
Davis Jr. graduated from Central High School in 2016, said Tom Hernandez, a spokesman for Plainfield School District 202. Authorities said it took two minutes for police to arrive and take him into custody without incident.

Chinese opinions irrelevant to ties with US
Nevertheless, Washington has kept informal relations with the island nation after severing diplomatic ties with it in 1979. U.S. scholars warned Taiwan Thursday to think about the implications of the U.S.

Neymar will be ready for World Cup, says trainer
Staff at the hospital in Belo Horizonte, were put on paparazzi lockdown, with a ban on using cellphones anywhere near the star. Brazil, however, will be concentrating more on the World Cup, which starts on June 14 in Russian Federation .

Kremlin insists it is not 'interested' in new arms race
With the United States turning to lasers, there's little chance Russian weapons will outpace American defenses. PUTIN: We have two reasons that would force us to respond using our nuclear weapons.

Mueller looking into whether Kushner business ties impacted Trump policy
But the White House has said the blockade was due to Qatar's alleged support of terrorism. The deal eventually fell through, the Intercept wrote.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus takes best camera crown from Google Pixel 2
According to DxOMark , the Galaxy S9 + features a camera setup that hasn't got any obvious weaknesses. As for the Galaxy S9 +, that's going for $930 - or $90 more than buying it directly from Samsung .

Nigeria sets up probe into girls' school attack, abductions
He said the police did nothing to repel the attack despite having a division in Dapchi. A statement released by its National Coordinator, Mr.

'We've Bought More Apple than Anything Else', Says Warren Buffett
If the formula changes, Berkshire would buy back its stock at a higher price than the current formula allows. Delta is the most expensive, with a market value of almost $40 billion. "I was expecting more", Fox said.