You can only beat what is placed in front of you, good or bad, so nothing should be taken away from Manchester City's Premier League title triumph when the inevitable is confirmed in the coming weeks. The manager must have put it in their minds to sit back.
In driving rain, and with Chelsea mysteriously refusing to take off the handbrake, they were able to close out a victory that will, in its own way, have brought as much pleasure to Guardiola as numerous more spectacular wins this season. Although Pep Guardiola was celebrating - he must have thought that was a waste of time.
If you give City space behind us the game can finish not 1-0.
"If we did not concede a goal after 30 seconds maybe it could have been more simple".
"The pundit has to use the head to understand when you speak about tactics, you must have knowledge to speak about tactics, not only to speak in a stupid way".
With nine games remaining, City who are on 78 points, have a chance to become the first team to break the 100-points barrier in the history of the English top flight.
City's hunger and desire are that strong.
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"Today they showed the difference between them and us in this moment", said Conte.
"There is no part of me that can watch this and think this is right. Now we start again, we have to try to stay calm". Well, I am sure they will play the same way against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on 14 March, but they can not be like headless chickens there.
It really is. In terms of a Premier League game it's unacceptable.
Asked whether he felt such a season of dominance could be possible, Guardiola said: "Before?" No way. Who could believe it? "To have the distance, 25 to Chelsea, 33 to Arsenal, (20) to Tottenham is a lot".
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. "The quality. To have the distance between many teams now".
Bernardo Silva was also on target against Arsenal on Thursday and is poised to have an increasingly influential say on City's conclusion to the season as Guardiola and his players chase further glory. Moses blazed his shot way wide. Meanwhile, Chelsea cut adrift of the top 4 after the loss. "It was not enough but City deserved to win". Guardiola's side is showing no mercy on its way to a second trophy of the season, after the League Cup last weekend.
"If you want to win a game away (from) home in the best league in the world", Cech wrote, "your GK can't concede 2 goals like I did today.it's not possible". Our high pressing, our build-up was outstanding so we are so happy because it's another step forward to be champions.