'We did perfect' - Guardiola 'so happy' after Man City controlled champions Chelsea

Burnley 1-0 Everton

GETTY Burnley 1-0 Everton

"When you play a strong team, an important team, for us it is very hard to keep the same balance of last season, with Hazard in the position of number ten".

City completed more passes (902) than any team has managed in a Premier League game.

After a spirited first half performance, Chelsea were eventually breached thanks to Bernardo Silva who finished off David Silva's squared pass to earn the three points for City.

Sky television pundit Jamie Redknapp, the former Liverpool and England midfielder, was scathing in his assessment of Conte's tactics.

"I think that we missed the last pass in many counter-attacks", he said.

A goal 35 seconds into the second half from Bernardo Silva gave the Citizens their 24th league victory and they can still get to the 105 points mark at the end of the season. Records are only a effect of what you have done, they are not the main thing.

Just like after Arsenal's error-strewn 3-1 loss at Swansea in late January, Cech fronted up on Twitter to own up to his game-changing mistakes against Brighton.

NAGALAND: Rio meets Governor, stake claim for Govt formation
The ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) also secured 27 seats, running neck and neck with the BJP-NDPP combine. The Congress failed to win a single seat in the State.

Conte fired back at Redknapp's comments. "They didn't create too many chances, even though they had two or three", he added. They never looked like actually making anything happen and I was really disappointed with their performance. I was looking forward to watching this game today. "What you have to do is understand what you need to do to beat opponents".

"Manchester City didn't even have to be that good, Chelsea didn't really want to play". The manager must have put it in their minds to sit back. They are better than that. Although Pep Guardiola was celebrating - he must have thought that was a waste of time.

"It's not good enough, but this is the truth, I don't think this is because of the tactics".

As it is, City that will be crowned new top dogs with just another four wins.

City's hunger and desire are that strong.

Conte attempted to explain his tactics away as a outcome of the absence of the unwell N'Golo Kante, but the Chelsea manager conceded that his team's performance was not up to requirements.

Silva has assisted 73 Premier League goals since his debut in August 2010, 20 more than any other player in that time.

China strongly opposes passing of Taiwan Travel Act by US
The Taiwan Travel Act aims to expand the scope of official U.S. -Taiwan exchanges, long a sensitive issue in the U.S. Julian Ku, writing for Lawfare , argued that the act, despite its lack of legal force, was nonetheless significant.

"Nine of them [Chelsea players] have won Premier League titles, Manchester had two".

Asked whether he felt such a season of dominance could be possible, Guardiola said: "Before?" "Who could believe?" he said.

"You hope until the end that a player like Hazard can invent something during the game. This is a outcome of the way we play".

"To have the distance, 25 to Chelsea, 33 to Arsenal".

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.

Learning of the tragic death of a former player in Italy's Davide Astori this morning, the afternoon's defeat to Manchester City will no doubt pale in comparison to the devastating loss of the 31-year-old defender. Moses had a high, wide and not so handsome shot which in truth summed up the Londoners' tepid day.

There were further questions raised over why Conte, with his side falling 1-0 down in the 46th minute, only brought Giroud on with 12 minutes left and Morata in the 90th minute. Hazard, in particular, looked a frustrated figure while playing mostly with his back to goal and surviving on scraps of possession.

Neymar successfully undergoes foot operation
The 26-year-old Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward was injured on February 25 in a Ligue 1 game against Marseille. Neymar will definitely miss PSG's make-or-break Champions League last 16 second leg against Real Madrid next Tuesday.

Chelsea's fourth defeat in five league games left Antonio Conte's reigning English title-holders five points adrift of the Champions League places. Guardiola's side is showing no mercy on its way to a second trophy of the season, after the League Cup last weekend.

Latest News