If someone told me before the game, we would lose 1-0, or I just saw the final time score, without any stats, I would be generally okay and actually be semi-happy with the result.
However, I watched the game and the scoreline is nothing to be pleased about. We played as if we were a team fighting for relegation. No passion, no fight. Okay, the first half was fine, but as soon as they scored we didn't react, the players just stood there like nothing. Were we even playing football? Thank god, City didn't push up a gear.
The players didn't believe they could win that game and unfortunately, that is down to Conte. As a manager, you need to psych up your players and make them believe that they can beat anyone. Yes, he is annoyed about the players brought in, saying they are not good enough and that we should have got better payers - I think we all agree with him. However, he shouldn't keep bringing it up, all it does is tell the current players that they are not good enough. THIS could be seen as it looked as if every player lacked faith in themselves and the tactics.
The false 9 is just plain stupid, the way we play it. If we were to play it, I would put Pedro (when on form) upfront, not Hazard. Hazard is a waste there and he said so time and time again that he doesn't feel comfortable playing in that position. You could see this in his body language yesterday. Not only that, what is with him being subbed off every game? Honestly, I can't see him here next season anymore.
The false 9 system works well when you play possession football and not counter-attacking. Yesterday, it was obvious we wouldn't have much of the ball and therefore it would be better starting Giroud as you can't boot the ball up to Hazard, can you?
I loved Conte last year and didn't want to lose him as I felt he could be a long-term manager. However, he is making it obvious that he doesn't give two sh*ts about staying. I am now starting to feel like we need a new manager. I don't care if we play counter-attacking football, as long as we play football because what we played yesterday wasn't.