Chelsea's football is 'brutal' but was right decision at Manchester City

14. Aymeric Laporte

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Gary Neville responded after Antonio Conte branded him and Jamie Redknapp "stupid" for their strong criticism after Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The January signing from Arsenal, who appeared as a second-half substitute, said: "It is not a good weekend for us because our opponents in the Champions League race won".

Central midfielder Ilkay Gundogan came away from the Etihad on Sunday night having completed 167 passes against the Blues - five more than the entire Stoke squad managed against Southampton the day before.

Chelsea's compact defensive block lurched from side to side, the players mentally as much as physically drained and seemingly hypnotized by the passing patterns being weaved by Manchester City in front of them.

"In the Premier League it looks very good, we are in a very comfortable position and are enjoying it until the next game". "Obviously we are behind him and we are all sticking together". "Records are always a outcome of what you have done but they are not the main thing". "I think the pundit has to use the head when you speak tactics because you must have the knowledge to speak about tactics". Here are four of the key things we discovered in the match.

Chelsea's form has left them in danger of missing out on Champions League football for a second time in three seasons.

Giroud said: "The coach made his tactics, we tried to respect it".

"If they get knocked out of the Champions League then you could see this ending quite quickly for Antonio Conte, who has done a brilliant job at the club". "We prepared the game in this way - don't concede space between the lines".

He added: "Scoring means you are helping the team".

"But we also had the possibility of breaking a record for gaining points". I think he knows he's going to go, I think the players know he is going to go, so the players are like "all right, we'll regroup next season". "Today they showed the difference between them and us in this moment".

"This is the way we want to play, it doesn't matter whether it's Chelsea or someone else, the former champions or not, we always try to keep the ball and play our type of football. But we haven't played a good game and for me personally, it's hard to play a good game when you only touch the ball three times".

"We know we have had an unbelievable season and we just want to continue that in both competitions, and be successful".

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