Silva service enough for Man City to beat Chelsea

GK Jack Butland

GETTY GK Jack Butland

I understand not playing with a striker and being hard to beat, but you must have some intent.

The only danger to City was complacency and on more than one occasion they gave Chelsea a glimpse of goal which would have ruined their good work. The manager must have put it in their minds to sit back. "They're better than that, they're much better than that". Although Pep Guardiola was celebrating - he must have thought that was a waste of time.

"Chelsea should have given them the three points before the game started".

Bernardo Silva scored the only goal as City took another stride towards the Premier League title with a 1-0 victory over their lacklustre opponents.

'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'.

In following up their defeats to Arsenal, Watford and Manchester United with another loss at the Etihad Stadium, Chelsea have now lost four consecutive away games for the first time since 2003.

City's hunger and desire are that strong.

"The coach made the tactics and we tried to respect it". Well, I am sure they will play the same way against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on 14 March, but they can not be like headless chickens there.

"Nine of them [Chelsea players] have won Premier League titles, Manchester had two". No way. Who could believe it?

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"In terms of not just the results but the way we played, today was another demonstration".

The Portugal midfielder backed up his goal in the 3-0 win over Arsenal on Thursday with the victor against Chelsea.

Apart from starting Danny Drinkwater instead of N'Golo Kante, who was ill, Chelsea's team on Sunday was the same one that drew with Barcelona at the end of February, and again they let the opposition dominate possession.

Pep Guardiola's Man City have not faced many teams willing to go toe to toe with them this season.

"It's not simple in this moment to play against Manchester City". Alonso had a try on the City post but he shot wide as City concluded a very good week.

Yet the Belgian was anonymous throughout and cut a frustrated figure as he failed to have any impact, with Conte waiting until the 78th minute to bring on a striker in Olivier Giroud, and then delaying Morata's arrival until the final minute.

Manchester City will end the day 18 points clear at the top of the Premier League, the biggest lead ahead of second place since March 2006, when Chelsea were 18 points ahead of Manchester United.

Arsenal's eighth loss since the turn of the year left their hopes of a top-four finish in tatters, with Wenger admitting it was "already gone" even before the Gunners were left 13 points adrift of the leading quartet.

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.

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