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

Antonio Conte has the look of a man who knows he does not have long left at the club

Cape Town - Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud insists the club are not in a crisis following the disappointing defeat at Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The result at the Etihad has left Chelsea five points behind Tottenham in their quest to secure a Champions League position, while the defeat also means the Blues have now lost in four consecutive away games in all competitions. After starting without a recognised striker, the visitors failed to muster a single shot on target and commanded only 29 per cent possession.

After the game, the Belgian said that he felt like he didn't even play a game of football- that's how inconsequential he felt his impact was on Sunday afternoon.

Much has been said about the way Manchester City play and move the ball around.

"We are not happy with that [but] it is not the day and the moment to question whether we are behind the boss or not. We have some great players and a great team but obviously, today, Manchester City deserved to win".

City, the Premier League's champion-in-waiting, had Chelsea beaten before a ball was even kicked.

"Against a strong team like Chelsea, who are still the champions, and beat them in the way we did today, that is why it is so good".

Ahead of vital games against Crystal Palace, in the Premier League, and Barcelona, in the Champions League, Marcos Alonso believes the players must solve their "attitude problem". "But we should have tried to do that all game"'.

"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", he said. We need to keep the focus on this and win the next game and go step by step. "We have shown that - and if we don't reach that kind of level of performance in every match, it's because of our attitude".

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher branded Conte's tactics as "anti-football", comments which the Italian did not agree with the match. 'If I remember well, Arsenal three days ago played against them and you criticise (Arsene) Wenger because they concede three goals.

"At half-time it was 0-0".

Indeed, Leroy Sane got past several Chelsea players all too easily in the 20th minute to set up Bernardo Silva for a chance at goal although he could only fire his shot over the bar. "For me personally it's hard to play a good game, when you only touch the ball three times". "We could have come back at the end but it was not enough and City deserved to win".

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