Conte blind to Hazard's faults as false nine, claims Chelsea legend Wise

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Former Chelsea midfielder Dennis Wise has hit out at Antonio Conte following his decision to deploy Eden Hazard as a central forward in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.

It was Chelsea's fourth defeat in five league games and left them five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with nine games to play.

This plan largely did not come off for the visitors though as City did well to suffocate the London side in their own half.

The Blues saw just 29% possession and were unable to get a single shot on target, as City continued their procession towards the Premier League title.

"I wouldn't have got a touch even if we played for three hours, even if we improved in the last 10 or 15 minutes", the Belgium worldwide said after the match.

City scored 34 seconds into the second half, with Bernardo Silva pressing home their territorial advantage with a clever finish inside the area as they opened up an 18-point lead at the Premier League summit to move four wins away from the title. "We did not play a good game collectively, but we are going to work hard to do better next week".

"Today they showed the difference between them and us in this moment", said Conte. "I never spoke we have to win the two games to achieve something".

After the loss at Brighton, Wenger suggested for the first time that winning the Europa League may be the easiest route for Arsenal to secure Champions League football for next season.

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Twenty five wins this season also puts City in a good position to eclipse Chelsea's 30 wins from last season with points tally surely going aswell if that's achieved.

Ahead of vital games against Crystal Palace, in the Premier League, and Barcelona, in the Champions League, Marcos Alonso believes the players must solve their "attitude problem". 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.

"But Chelsea is a fantastic team and, I know it looks a bit odd because you know we had problems in the past, but it's quite ridiculous that I have to say how unfair it is to speak the way people are speaking about the English champion. We need momentum to reach fourth place".

"When you leave the pitch you have the impression that you've ran, but that you haven't played a game of football".

After the disappointment of last weekend, the likes of Oliver Giroud and Eden Hazard have called Conte's tactics into question, while Marcos Alonso has suggested that the squad is perhaps to negative when playing.

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

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