Eden Hazard Complains About Lack of Involvement versus Man City

Pep Guardiola was not impressed with Man City in the second half

The Blues were criticised for a perceived lack of interest as they succumbed to the dominant hosts at the Etihad, leaving them five points off fourth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League.

After the game, the Belgian said that he felt like he didn't even play a game of football- that's how inconsequential he felt his impact was on Sunday afternoon.

They are also 25 points behind leaders Manchester City, with Sunday's defeat leaving them on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from the title race.

"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".

Chelsea, the reigning Premier League champions, look set to relinquish their crown to Pep Guardiola's rampant side this campaign.

They remain alive in this season's competition but must negotiate a way past Barcelona at the Nou Camp next week to reach the quarter-finals.

"Against a strong team like Chelsea, who are still the champions, and beat them in the way we did today, that is why it is so good".

Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Basel
Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Basel

"City are the best team in the Premier League by a mile". For sure when we chose to play with Pedro, Hazard and Willian [up front], there is a bit of difficulty to have on the bench players to change the game.

"I never spoke with the players about the records", Guardiola said.

"We need to win to have more freedom on the pitch and we need to stay together because it is a bad period but all the players, staff and fans need to know that we are all together". But we should have tried to do that all game. That meant Chelsea, despite not having a shot on target, stayed alive in the game until the end and they could have vindicated Conte's defensive tactics had they managed an equaliser.

Sane created the hosts' first big chance 21 minutes in when he slalomed past three Chelsea defenders before feeding Bernardo Silva, whose shot dipped just too late and dropped onto the roof of the net.

"If I remember well, a few days ago, Arsenal played twice against them and then you criticise a lot [Arsene] Wenger because they concede three goals in only 30 minutes. For me personally it's hard to play a good game, when you only touch the ball three times".

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.

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