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

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he never imagined his team would run away with the Premier League title as they are doing this season.

"Manchester City didn't even have to be that good, Chelsea didn't really want to play".

Bernardo Silva's goal lifts Man City over Chelsea, keeping City unbeaten this season at the Etihad.

Chelsea, the reigning Premier League champions, look set to relinquish their crown to Pep Guardiola's rampant side this campaign.

"I think this moment you have to accept every critic", Chelsea's manager said.

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

According to Opta stats, Sunday's match was the first in which Chelsea have failed to register a single shot in the first half of a Premier League match since 2003-04.

However, Conte's contain and counter-attack game plan was undone within a minute of the second period when Sergio Aguero's reverse pass picked out David Silva and his namesake Bernardo knocked the ball into the ground and over the helpless Thibaut Courtois for his seventh goal of the season.

Conte fired back at Redknapp's comments.

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.

The difference with what happened in that game was that Chelsea had much more of a go against Barca.

"My tactics were not to concede space between the lines, not to concede space to Manchester City because if you do that you risk losing by many goals", the Italian told Sky Sports.

Sane created the hosts' first big chance 21 minutes in when he slalomed past three Chelsea defenders before feeding Bernardo Silva, whose shot dipped just too late and dropped onto the roof of the net.

With its 14th straight league win at home, City moved to within 12 points of clinching the title. "I have enough experience and desire to turn things around".

"The coach made the tactics and we tried to respect it".

"But I'm not so stupid to play open and lose 3-0 or 4-0".

It was the Portugal winger's second goal in as many games and he is impressing now he has nailed a place in the starting team following injuries to Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in recent months.

Olivier Giroud came on for Willian in the 78th minute when it looked for all intents and purposes that Pedro should be the one taken off. Alonso had a try on the City post but he shot wide as City concluded a very good week. Obviously, we could have done better but these are not small games.

N'Golo Kante took ill so Antonio Conte had to start Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater while Fernandinho had not recovered from an injury picked up in the Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal last Sunday.

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