Antonio Conte left both Chelsea's recognised strikers – Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud - on the bench and opted to play winger Eden Hazard as a lone striker. The Londoners defended deep and in numbers from the outset but, missing the tenacity of the absent N'Golo Kante showed little willingness to press in midfield and the result was a first half dominated by City possession but with few openings. City, who had played Arsenal on Thursday, lacked their usual sharpness in midfield although they went close to an opener when a deep cross from Kevin De Bruyne was brilliantly taken down by Leroy Sane but the German’s goalbound shot was cleared off the line by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Chelsea failed to have a shot on target for the 1st time in PL this season.— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 4, 2018
Man City set new records for passes attempted & successful passes in a PL game (data recorded since 2003-04)@ManCity @ChelseaFC @premierleague pic.twitter.com/ePfZM7Rfng
But neither the French forward nor Morata, who came on in the final minute, made an impact with only an optimistic effort from Marcos Alonso in stoppage-time which flew wide troubling City’s underworked defence. Manchester City completed 902 passes, more than any other team in a single Premier League match since 2003-04 when such statistics were first officially recorded.
David Silva is @premierleague Man of the Match— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) March 4, 2018
113 passes attempted
73rd PL career assist - 20 more than any other player since his PL debut in August 2010#MCICHE pic.twitter.com/khMWmtP5RP
RESULTS: Man City 1 (Bernardo Silva 46) Chelsea 0
902 - Manchester City today completed more passes than any other team has managed in a single Premier League game (since 2003-04). Distributed.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 4, 2018