Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
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Man City midfielder Gundogan: Great fun playing for Guardiola

Man City midfielder Gundogan: Great fun playing for Guardiola

The lack of work rate from the players was one of the major criticisms of the Blues' performance but their star man has chosen something else to pick out after the weak showing.

At one stage, City midfielder David Silva had control of the ball and stood motionless near the touchline.

Hazard only had a few touches in the game and failed to make an impact in a role he felt was unnatural to him.

Against Barcelona, Hazard was quiet and that happened again in the 1-0 loss to City on Sunday.

City needs 12 more points to win the league, meaning the title could yet be clinched at home to Manchester United on April 7.

Chelsea are in grave danger of missing out on Champions League football for a second time in three seasons.

Antonio Conte's defensive set-up worked phenomenally well. They chucked it in yesterday those players and Antonio Conte called us stupid, maybe he did I don't know the exact quote.

Conte arrived at Chelsea promising to turn the side from a "small flame. into a blazing inferno".

The Belgian injured his ankle last season which dented his chances of joining Los Blancos.

"When you know it's not working you expect a change around 50 minutes to change the way your team is playing and that was the disappointing this about it, in the manner the substitution came on".

Conte's job is now at risk following a run of poor form from his team.

While recent Chelsea arrivals including Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley have made a negligible impact this season, and record signing Alvaro Morata has struggled for form and fitness, former players Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have shone elsewhere. We have to respect that and give our best, no matter who is on the pitch.

As dress rehearsals go, it was complete failure. And according to the Daily Mail, Hazard will agitate to leave Stamford Bridge should Real Madrid's interest in him become "concrete" this summer.

City collected the EFL Cup with a 3-0 win over Arsenal at Wembley, where an ebullient Mendy led the celebrations, and the runaway leaders are on course to wrap up the Premier League title over the coming weeks.

For Chelsea, it was death by almost a thousand passes.

Arsenal, in contrast, is drifting, still with more quality than the likes of Burnley and Leicester City, but no longer with the aura of a team that is part of the elite group.

This plan largely did not come off for the visitors though as City did well to suffocate the London side in their own half.

Hazard was isolated throughout and was substituted near the end.

City had the ball in the Chelsea net three minutes before as Nicolas Otamendi applied the finishing touch to a clever quick free-kick, but Aguero was ruled offside in the build-up and it was chalked off.

Conte's post-match comments highlighted the gulf that has opened up between City, the leader by 18 points, and the rest of the league.

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