The 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the top flight of English football will be something that Antonio Conte
will surely want to forget and fast. The defeat not just saw Manchester City push forward towards yet
another title win, but it was yet another blow to the confidence of the reigning champions, who are now
out of the title race completely and will have to fight hard to secure a place in the top four.
A few talking points from the game were the choices that the Italian manager made, as he played
Hazard as the false nine, with the Belgian international failing to make any sort of an impact.
He has never really fed the ball at his feet and had to be a mere spectator for most of the match, which
did not make things any better for the Blues and a few stares and an icy exchange was made between
the manager and the player.
On the other hand, Morata’s substitution in the game was quite weird, as the Spanish international was
asked to warm to come on towards the 82nd minute of the game, with the west London outfit needing
However, he was sent back to the bench and had to wait till the 90th minute of the match to come on.
By then, the game was already over and it made no sense to bring him in.
These were a couple of things that the former Juventus manager will want to look back at and
retrospect, with the crucial Champions League second leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp coming up
soon, which his team will be desperate to win.