CHELSEA boos Antonio Conte has defended his tactics in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Conte insisted his selection decisions were correct, despite the reigning Premier League champions’ failure to register a shot on target at the Etihad.
Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud started on the bench as Eden Hazard was deployed as a false nine, with Willian and Pedro operating on the wings.
“My tactics were not to concede space between the lines, not to concede space to Manchester City because if you do that you risk losing by many goals,” the Italian said.
“If you give City space behind us the game can finish not 1-0.
“It’s not good enough [the lack of shots on target] but this is the truth. I don’t think it was because of the tactics but the game was like this and we tried to do our best
“It’s not simple in this moment to play against Manchester City. You have to play with great intensity in every moment. We tried to do this, we tried to defend well, but we conceded a goal after 30 seconds of the second half and it was very difficult to come back.”