Neville slams Conte's Chelsea as 'woeful, unacceptable mannequins'

Pep Guardiola's irresistible Manchester City side are cruising to the 2017/18 Premier League title and their 1-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday afternoon moved them a step closer to officially becoming champions.

Antonio Conte branded Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville "stupid" after the pundits condemned Chelsea's performance against Manchester City.

Bernardo Silva's goal lifts Man City over Chelsea, keeping City unbeaten this season at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola's side were forced to bide their time before making the breakthrough and it came when Silva stole in ahead of Marcos Alonso from David Silva's cross to beat Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and give City a mammoth 18-point lead at the top of the table. 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 because I think you must have knowledge to speak about tactics and not only to speak in a stupid way", he said.

The German midfielder played 167 successful passes, 10 more than Yaya.

I was really looking forward to this game today.

The only teams to have any kind of success against City this season have been those who have been prepared to fight fire with fire.

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Chelsea did not manage a single shot in the first half and fell behind to Bernardo Silva's effort just 33 seconds after the restart, but Conte did not feel his approach was the reason for their struggles.

"When you match quality and mentality, I think you become unstoppable".

Former short-term Valencia coach Neville slammed Conte's tactics for the 1-0 reverse on Sunday. "When you concede the space to Manchester City there is the risk for the game to finish 3 or 4-0", he said.

Silva has assisted 73 Premier League goals since his debut in August 2010, 20 more than any other player in that time. "They have great intensity in every moment of the game", Conte said.

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 made a decision to bring in Oliver Giroud in the 78th minute for Willian, and then put in Emerson for Pedro Rodriguez just four minutes later. It was a second straight loss in Manchester for Chelsea, having been defeated 2-1 by Man United last weekend.

Chelsea's fourth defeat in five league games left Antonio Conte's reigning English title-holders five points adrift of the top four.

"We were aggressive, we had desire, we had commitment to show we want to do it again and again, and that's why we won". They kept possession and kept us at bay, ticking down the clock until the game cantered to a tiresome climax.

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