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

Antonio Conte passed on questions about Chelsea's ambitions in the future after admitting a top-four place is their current priority

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte branded Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville "stupid" for criticising his tactics in the Blues' 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

"Manchester City didn't even have to be that good, Chelsea didn't really want to play".

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.

Successive 3-0 reverses by Manchester City, the first in the League Cup final and the second in the league, could be explained in part by the dominance of Pep Guardiola's runaway table-toppers, but the losses to Ostersunds in the Europa League and to Brighton verged on embarrassing.

If you give City space behind us the game can finish not 1-0.
What it instead ended up being was a tiresome, dour and boring encounter where one team was not ready to play football.

"The pundit has to use the head to understand when you speak about tactics, you must have knowledge to speak about tactics, not only to speak in a stupid way".

I think it is a effect of the way we play.

Conte believes Chelsea have failed to sufficiently improve the squad after last season's triumph, saying that City had wrapped up the title in the first half of the current campaign.

There were no real expectations for us heading into this game.

In the end, City has taken another step toward not just being Premier League champions, but achieving the feat in time to allow complete focus on the UEFA Champions League.

"At this moment, you have to accept every criticism", Conte added.

The Blues had just seven shots against Man City in their two Premier League meetings this season, while facing 30 themselves.

"There is no part of me that can watch this and think this is right". I think if you ask the players, the players neither.

Bernard Silva was the one who found the back of the net to break the scoreless deadlock in the very first minute of the second half on a cross by David Silva. This must be a great frustration for me, for my players, for my club.

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.

Conte fielded a front three of Pedro Rodriguez and Willian behind lone striker Eden Hazard, but the trio barely saw the ball.

Chelsea have now lost four of their last five Premier League games and are in fifth place, five points behind Tottenham Hotspur who occupy the fourth Champions League spot.

"We created enough to win the game, score more goals", he said.

At Milan, we were so good that, most of the time, we could control that - just like City did on Sunday.

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