Chelsea's 'crime against football' as City break new PL mark

Victor Moses sliced a rare opportunity wildly off target after Chelsea's best move of the match in the 54th minute, but Courtois had to be alert to bat away a driven attempt from David Silva moments later. "The way we play today is a bit similar to what we have done (this season)", he said.

But when the reigning champions are not prepared to take City on, it is an indictment not only of them, but of the Premier League in general.

With Conte's future uncertain at Chelsea as he struggles to repeat the success of his first season, Italian Football Federation (FIGC) vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta has said he is the primary choice to return to the national team. Who can forget the same manager and nearly same players were champions past year.

Chelsea had frustrated City in the first half but the game was won by a Bernardo Silva strike in the first minute after the break. They are better than that.

"If I remember well, a few days ago, Arsenal played twice against them and then you criticise a lot [Arsene] Wenger because they conceded three goals in only 30 minutes".

City, with a performance that showed their adaptability, edged nearer to the title.

After last Sunday's loss to Manchester United, Chelsea boss Conte must have hoped for a positive result in the light and blue half of the city. With their setup, the objective of the Blues was to defend and frustrate City as it was goalless at the half.

Chelsea seemed to always be going backwards and, when they did get the ball, they could not go forward because there was no-one up there to pass to.

Olivier Giroud only appeared as a substitute with 13 minutes left while Alvaro Morata's introduction came with seconds to go at the expense of Eden Hazard.

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

In the end it was to no avail - leaving them with an uphill task to qualify for the top four. My tactics were to not concede space between the lines, if you do that you risk losing by many goals.

He is another diminutive stylist in the mould Guardiola so admires and after waiting his chance he is showing exactly why City were so keen to acquire his services.

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

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.

It took just 33 seconds of the second half for that to change, however, Aguero finding David Silva on the left and the Spaniard's low cross was turned in at the back post by Bernardo Silva.

City completed 902 passes, more than any other Premier League side have managed in a game since the 2003-04 season, and Conte's approach was lambasted by both Redknapp and Neville on Sky Sports.

Manchester City Bernando Silva celebrating after a goal. 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.

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