Neville slams Conte's Chelsea as 'woeful, unacceptable mannequins'

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.

Gary Neville was particularly critical of Chelsea throughout the game and described their display as an "embarassment" during commentary for Sky Sports, while Redknapp referred to Conte's tactics as a "crime against football" afterwards.

That said, Conte's men were far too negative. We are going to try and play how we did today against Basel and Stoke, that is what I want to see from my team.

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

Chelsea finished 15 points ahead of City last season in romping to the league title.

"We played United away and City away".

"There is no part of me that can watch this and think this is right".

"I think that they showed the difference between them and us in this moment - 25 points is a big gap". My tactics were to not concede space between the lines, if you do that you risk losing by many goals.

Conte must have told his players to continue in the same first half fashion, but City ensured that was not the case as Bernardo Silva registered the first goal after just 35 seconds after the restart. They have to, because sometimes I can not reach them during a game.


In driving rain, and with Chelsea mysteriously refusing to take off the handbrake, they were able to close out a victory that will, in its own way, have brought as much pleasure to Guardiola as numerous more spectacular wins this season.

Silva has assisted 73 Premier League goals since his debut in August 2010, 20 more than any other player in that time. No way. Who could believe it?

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

"It's not simple to play against Man City". Chelsea's cause was not helped by the absence of midfield enforcer N'Golo Kante.

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

Conte fielded a front three of Pedro Rodriguez and Willian behind lone striker Eden Hazard, but the trio barely saw the ball.

The Blues have consequently slipped to fifth in the top flight, sitting five points adrift of Tottenham, who occupy the last Champions League spot.

The possibility remains open that City could win the league title at home to United on April 7. Obviously, we could have done better but these are not small games.

Chelsea still refused to offer up any sign of ambition and even when they did attacks fizzled out tamely, with some ironic cheers from the visiting fans when they won a corner late on and also when Alonso's timid shot drifted wide in stoppage time.

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