Eden Hazard frustrated by lack of involvement in defeat at Manchester City

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has jumped to the defence of manager Antonio Conte, amid growing criticism of the Italian's tactics in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.

After Bernardo Silva curled a shot onto the roof of the Chelsea goal, Oleksandr Zinchenko was fortunate only to see yellow for a lunge on Victor Moses that allowed Willian to race clear, but his driven cross was blocked.

Kevin De Bruyne may also find himself out after starting 28 of Manchester City's 29 Premier League games and 38 across all competitions. I think it is a effect of the way we play.

"If I remember well, a few days ago, Arsenal played twice against them and then you criticise a lot (Arsenal manager Arsene) Wenger because they concede three goals in only 30 minutes". I think the target was to be solid and try to score at the end.

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After the match, a video emerged showing Chelsea's refusal to press the hosts when they were in possession, which earned the Blues much derision, though head coach Conte defended his negative style by highlighting how easily City cut through opponents if they attempt to play offensive football against Guardiola's side.

Bernardo Silva's second-half victor meant Chelsea fell to a fourth successive away defeat in all competitions, and the Premier League title holders now trail champions-elect City by a whopping 25 points. Conte's men now trail Tottenham Hotspur in fourth by five points. We have played (Manchester) United and City away.

"We are not happy with that (but) it is not the day and the moment to question whether we are behind the boss or not. Twenty-five points is a big gap and I think that we can have a regret for the other games but not for this".

As it stands, City have an 18-point lead at the top of the table having suffered just one top-flight defeat all season. However, he hailed the standards set by his players. We are so far so good. We make an unbelievable high pressing, they could not contact with Hazard, Willian or Pedro (Rodriguez).

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"I don't know if it would be good to win the league that early".

Asked whether he believed before the campaign that City could be in such a commanding position now, Guardiola said: "Before?"

"To have the distance, 25 to Chelsea, 33 to Arsenal. But, when we got the ball, we had to use it better - we made the wrong choices".

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