Hazard: Chelsea's gameplan was ineffective

The Blues were comfortably beaten and offered hardly anything going forward

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah was sprinting, clear in on goal in the 89th minute when Jamaal Lascelles ran up behind the Egyptian, put a hand on his back, and pushed.

That is all they had - hope.

Former Manchester United defender Neville, who was a co-commentator during the game, criticised Chelsea's passive style on Sunday, calling their performance "unacceptable". "That is what I want to see from my team".

MF Phil Foden, NR - It's possible the midfielder didn't touch the ball since he came on late to run the clock down.

With the goal advantage, City slowed the pace of the game right down to a walking pace. It was all very passive.

"But we still have nine games to go".

He said: "You sometimes think of the manager's situation - I've been saying for a long time he'll be there next season".

Conte did nothing, though. This might be conceived as a criticism of the lack of quality shown by his teammates but it was instead aimed at his Italian boss.

Former Blues skipper Wise told Sky Sports on the perseverance with a 'false nine' role: "Hazard is not a centre-forward, I don't believe".

From the turn of the year, however, Bernardo Silva has grown into an important figure in Pep Guardiola's plans. They got their reward because they went 1-0 up and almost held on to win.

Benjamin Mendy has returned to training with his Manchester City team-mates - less than six months on from suffering cruciate knee ligament damage.

City completed 902 passes, more than any other team in a single Premier League match since 2003-04 when such statistics were first officially recorded.

"We are not so close in the table and it means that the gap is big". Chelsea has recorded victories with Hazard playing as a false "9" however, those victories have come against the less fancied sides. Aguero regained possession on the edge of the box and found the outstanding David Silva on the left. He managed to do that last season, but the fire appears to have gone out. "It is no problem, he did really well".

What could Chelsea have done differently?

Conte's side were flattered by the scoreline at the Etihad Stadium. "We tried to respect it. It was okay", said Giroud, 31.

After a while the Blues just seemed exhausted, having chased after City ball trying to win back possession.

They have smashed multiple records along the way and have played some scintillating football along the way. His footwork was, as you'd expect, perfect.

Asked after a 3-0 Premier League reverse to Manchester City last Thursday, Wenger said: "I'm always ready for a fight".

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