Ruthless Man City march on as Chelsea woes continue

"We must have a big regret for the defeat against Bournemouth, against Watford, against United, but I don't think today because today we played against a team that is showing to be a strong team", he added. By then it was almost too late as Sane again escaped the clutches of Victor Moses but his low teasing cross just evaded Aguero in the middle.

But Chelsea are the defending champions and they have to offer more.

You can only beat what is placed in front of you, good or bad, so nothing should be taken away from Manchester City's Premier League title triumph when the inevitable is confirmed in the coming weeks.

Sky Sports pundits Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville lambasted Conte for Chelsea's approach. Understandably they did not want to be opened up by the Citizens but they could have offered more as their reign comes to a disappointing end.

Conte introduced Olivier Giroud in place of Willian in the 78th minute, but his side did not threaten until Marcos Alonso volleyed wide in stoppage-time as City provided another example of why it is the Premier League's leading side.

Chelsea's unambitious and timid approach to this game was nothing new this season - City have come up against many other teams who have tried, and failed, to smother Guardiola's team with ultra-defensive tactics.

There was only one victor with De Bruyne running the show for Guardiola's men while Hazard was subbed just before the end.

Chelsea's toothless performance against City drew criticism, and when asked if the players are still behind head coach Antonio Conte, Giroud said: "Of course, of course. But don't forget we were missing N'Golo Kante who is a crucial player for our balance".

The first half was real cat and mouse.


Bernardo Silva was also on target against Arsenal on Thursday and is poised to have an increasingly influential say on City's conclusion to the season as Guardiola and his players chase further glory.

City's first glimpse at goal ironically came after a Cesc Fabregas lapse which allowed Sergio Aguero to disturb the Chelsea defence without fully taking advantage.

"Manchester City won it (this season's title) in that first part of the season". Azpilicueta cleared a Sane shot on the line on 26 minutes as City continued to press for the opener.

Bernardo Silva was wasteful yet again after a Sane run had created a decent opening.

The best the west London outfit could offer was a corner three minutes before the end of the half when Pedro went on a dribble.

Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match 35 seconds into the second half at the Etihad Stadium when he prodded home at the back post from David Silva's low cross.

Chelsea attempted to hit back but never looked likely of parity.

There was still time for David Silva to warm the palms of Thibaut Courtois with a rasping shot.

Brighton moved into 10th place, seven points above the relegation zone in its first season in the Premier League.

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