Antonio Conte mis-using Eden Hazard, says ex-Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise

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When asked if Chelsea could have been more ambitious in their play, striker Olivier Giroud, who came on as substitute, said: "It is a good question".

Antonio Conte's side find themselves somewhat cut adrift of the top four and in real danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three seasons.

Let's not forget he started the three-at-the-back revolution and masterminded a title win just last season.

Manchester City moved closer to clinching the Premier League title with win over Chelsea at the Etihad stadium.

"I think that they showed the difference between them and us in this moment - 25 points is a big gap". But the way goalkeeper Loris Karius and a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson combined at Anfield against a Newcastle side managed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, suggested the Merseysiders might at last be tightening up in defence.

Antonio Conte is having to endure a lot of criticism and pressure following Chelsea's recent poor performances but he is not prepared to take it lying down. "Obviously we could have done better but these are not small games", said Giroud, according to Sky Sports. The coach makes the team.

"We tried to have patience".

As dress rehearsals go, it was complete failure.

But Neville was not the only figure in the game to criticise the Italian and his game plan, with former Blues manager Ruud Gullit slamming the Stamford Bridge side for their tiresome showing.

The stats could even be more one-sided in the return game, just like on Sunday.

While a heavy metal approach against City is likely to end in a heavy beating nine times out of 10, laying a glove or two on the opposition is certainly something supporters want to see home or away.

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

"You have to control their main players and that's what we did".

"We need to look at what's available to us now points-wise". City are a great passing side.

"He will have been that frustrated thinking, "I should be playing in this team, they've got the ball".

"Hazard is not a centre-forward, I don't believe".

Preoccupation with Champions League football, something that Chelsea didn't have to think about in 2016/17, might put a spanner in the works but City have a relatively easy run-in that should help them achieve their target.

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