Chelsea Stars Starting To Turn On Conte?

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"Honestly, I know what you are writing as a effect of yesterday", Mourinho told reporters at Selhurst Park, 24 hours after Conte's side came under fire for their defensive approach in a 1-0 defeat at runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The west London side are facing an uphill struggled to try and get back into the top four this season, with the Blues now five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with nine games left to play.

After Chelsea's defensive approach resulted in a first-half stalemate, City went ahead 33 seconds into the second period when Bernardo Silva turned in a low cross from David Silva. After starting without a recognised striker, the visitors failed to muster a single shot on target and commanded only 29 per cent possession.

Giroud said, "I don't even question myself about that - it is not a crisis". "We're going to play good to win games and after that will be a outcome". 'Today they showed the difference between them and us in this moment. The way the two teams are playing, you wouldn't bet against us getting half of them away to Stoke on Monday!

Chelsea's form has left them in danger of missing out on Champions League football for a second time in three seasons.

Finally, Barcelona struck what will surely prove to be a decisive blow in La Liga's title race on Sunday afternoon, establishing an eight-point advantage over nearest challengers Atletico Madrid with a 1-0 win at the Nou Camp.

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But the changes were in vain, as Chelsea was handed their fourth defeat in their last five league games.

"But for sure when we chose to play with Pedro, Hazard and Willian there is a difficulty to have the players to change the game". We need to keep the focus on this and win the next game and go step by step.

"We need to get back on it".

Giroud said: "The coach made his tactics, we tried to respect it".

Conte chose to start the game without an out-and-out striker as Hazard led the line with Pedro and Willian flanking him.

You have to wonder how Chelsea would have fared if the focal point of their attack could create more problems for City's defence, while Hazard caused havoc with his pace on the wings. Conte set the team up that way, so he has to take the blame.

"But when you concede a goal just after half-time, it kills your goal a little bit".