Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who started the 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday, has revealed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte set Chelsea up to frustrate Manchester City and take a point from the Etihad Stadium.
“We came to frustrate them and it was working at times in the game, but in the end we lost it so it’s no good,” Drinkwater said.
“It was our game plan, but we have got to take responsibility on the pitch. We had to try and nullify them. They try and pull you out of pockets, frustrate you defensively and play round you. That’s how they create their spaces between the two lines.
“We were trying as hard as we could to not let that happen, but with the players they have got it was going to happen sometimes.
“It was difficult. It felt like we were doing a lot of running and they had all the time in the world. The way they scored the goal is tough to take.
“We didn’t utilise the counter-attack as well as we could have done. We were sloppy on the ball sometimes. We were running a lot off the ball so it’s about finding the balance. It’s frustrating because we could have drawn 0-0 and that wouldn’t have been a bad result.”