With perhaps the largest downer of the day being Alvaro Morata's withdrawal after just 35 minutes with a hamstring injury, Chelsea's play worsened following his exit as replacement Willian couldn't prevent City controlling the midfield.
If you forced us to put one question mark against the Spain international's name, and we had to think about this Alvaro, it would be that he's yet to score against a "top six" side.
"When you have good players it's more simple to find this link, to find this combination, to play together very well", Conte said.
The Chelsea gaffer also criticised his side having to play three important matches in the space of a week: "On this issue I have already spoken and to repeat the same opinion is not good". Morata spent two years at Juventus and although he was a regular starter in his first season in Turin, Max Allegri usually picked up the likes of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic in the second campaign of Morata with the bianconeri.
8 - Chelsea have dropped eight points in four Premier League home games so far in 2017-18; two more than in the whole of 2016-17 (6).
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Regarding his team's start to the season, Conte was much more positive: 'You have to consider that in seven games we've played Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City and Everton. "Now I have all of these things and I'm very happy", Morata told British media.
"I think our start wasn't so, so easy".
Jose Mourinho naturally took the defeat badly and singled Eden Hazard out for criticism: "Eden is the kind of player that is not so mentally ready to look back to his left-back and to leave his life for him". Don't forget, every coach tries every day to take more information, new ideas, and then try to elaborate with your style, no?
Morata will be hoping to feature for Chelsea when the Blues return to Premier League action after the global break with a clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday 14 October. 'It's going to be a great game.
The Italian reiterated that he will assess his players ahead of the City game to see if changes need to be made in order to avoid fatigue.