Recapping Week 12 in the Big 12: OU Squeaks by TCU

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Trevor Knight played the remainder of the game for OU, completing five of his 16 pass attempts for 76 yards and one interception. Early in the third, it looked as though the Sooners might have another player down, as Samaje Perine exited the game with an ankle sprain after catching a short pass from Knight. After being out for some time, Perine returned and broke out for a 72-yard run, the longest of his career. There were no questions about Perine’s health after the play.AND THERE HE GOES!! Touchdown @OU_Football, and a career long rush for Samaje Perine! https://t.co/n4iCBsBbp6— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015As the fourth quarter winded down, TCU made its biggest push of the game to try and escape with the win. An 86-yard TD pass from Kohlhuasen to KaVontae Turpin made the score 30-20, and then a Jaden Oberkrom field goal pulled the Horned Frogs within one score.He gone! #TurpinTime #BeatOU https://t.co/pdi3f9ntc5— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) November 22, 2015With only 51 seconds remaining in the game, Kohlhausen connected with Emanuel Porter for a 14-yard touchdown that made the score 30-29. Suddenly, head coach Gary Patterson had a big decision to make—kick the extra point and go to overtime, over go for the two-point conversion and win the game.Patterson decided to go for two points and the victory, and the game came down to that one final play. Steven Parker made the play of the day for OU, swatting away Kohlhausen’s pass that was intended for the back of the end zone. Patterson made it clear he didn’t regret his gutsy decision after the game, saying: “Our rule has always been to go get the win on the road.”The 2-pt attempt from TCU is …. NO GOOD!!!! The @OU_Football defense holds on for the 30-29 victory!! https://t.co/kqguNThcCT— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015The Sooners will move on and head to Stillwater for Bedlam, which is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff with ESPN’s College GameDay in town for the big rivalry. The TCU Horned Frogs will head back home and host the Baylor Bears in another Big 12 showdown.Iowa State-Kansas StateUp next, the Iowa State Cyclones went on the road to Bill Snyder Family Stadium for a matchup with the K-State Wildcats. Although head coach Bill Snyder and his team have been enduring the worst losing streak for the program since 1989, there was finally a different attitude after Saturday’s game.The Wildcats enjoyed a crazy late rally after facing an early deficit and defeated the Cyclones 38-35, improving to 4-6 overall and 1-6 in the Big 12. Respectively, Iowa State fell to 3-8 and 2-6. This win keeps K-State’s bowl hopes alive, but certainly does not guarantee that sixth victory with two games left on the season.K-State’s comeback ignited early during the second half, as Jones rushed for an 8-yard TD to pull his team back in the game. Early in the fourth quarter, Hubener connected with Kody Cook for a clutch TD pass on fourth down to make the score 35-28.It’s a one-score game in Manhattan! Cook converts a #Touchdown on fourth down to pull @kstatesports within seven. https://t.co/AleQ78ZqxH— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 21, 2015In the final seven minutes when it mattered the most, Iowa State couldn’t hold on to the football. Three lost fumbles for the Cyclones, two from Warren and one from Lanning, greatly helped K-State seal their comeback. Warren’s second fumble came with 1:31 left to play, when Iowa State was in a situation where taking a knee would’ve been advised. Charles Jones rushed for a 5-yard TD after K-State took over and suddenly the game was tied at 35-35 with 42 seconds left.On the next possession, Marquel Bryant sacked Lanning and forced a fumble. The Cyclones recovered on their own 25, and set up the ensuing game-winning field goal.Comeback = ✔️ Jack Cantele splits the uprights for a 42-yard #FieldGoal as @kstatesports comes from behind to win. https://t.co/ULUcWxx4Ri— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 21, 2015Iowa State will move on and travel to Morgantown next to take on West Virginia, and Kansas State will seek a second consecutive win against Kansas.West Virginia-KansasOver in Lawrence, Kansas, the West Virginia Mountaineers were in town to take on the Kansas Jayhawks, with not much on the line. The Mountaineers were hoping to become bowl eligible with its sixth win, and the Jayhawks were trying to win their first game of the season.To no surprise, WVU came out on top, blanking Kansas by a score of 49-0. West Virginia improves to 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12, and will now be playing in a bowl game. Kansas, however, remains winless on the season and drops to 0-11 and 0-9.WVU quarterback Skyler Howard threw for 133 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for 129 yards and another TD. Wendell Smallwood had 18 carries for 115 yards and two TD’s, and Rushel Shell ran for another 108 yards and two more scores. For the first time since September 13, 1969, the Mountaineers had three players with over 100-yards on the ground.The West Virginia defense also accomplished an impressive feat, as it recorded its shutout on the road since 2005. An argument could be made that it was done against the Kansas offense, but credit still goes to the defense. The Jayhawks only mustered 221 yards of offense, including just 94 on the ground.The Jayhawks have now lost 14 consecutive games dating back to last season, and fan support is clearly at an all time low. Only a few thousand fans attended the game inside Memorial Stadium, and one count showed just over 400 students at the game. Clearly the students and fans were a part of the majority that expected Kansas to provide another lackluster performance.West Virginia will move and host the Iowa State Cyclones coming up next on the schedule, and the Jayhawks will remain at home and host the K-State Wildcats. The 12th week of the college football season has come and gone, and now only seven Big 12 games remain. In case you missed out on the action, let’s take a look at all of the winners and losers.OU-TCUStarting off down in Norman, the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners hosted the No. 18 TCU Horned Frogs as Bob Stoops and his team hoped to continue their recent string of success. The Sooners found a way to hang on late as they defeated TCU by a score of 30-29 to improve to 10-1 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs dropped to 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference.The Sooners have won six consecutive games, and are now one of the front-runners to win the Big 12 championship. With a victory over Baylor already accomplished, a tough road trip to Oklahoma State is the only thing standing between Oklahoma and the title.AdChoices广告Quarterback Baker Mayfield completed nine of 20 pass attempts for 127 yards and two touchdowns, but left after the first half with an apparent head injury. Running back Samaje Perine rushed for 188 yards and one touchdown, and Sterling Shepard had eight receptions for 111 yards and one score.TD pass No. 2 for Mayfield! Cue the #ShakeNBake GIF @OU_Football. https://t.co/uSzbeDHr1B— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015The Horned Frogs were nowhere near full strength, playing without star quarterback Trevone Boykin and their star receiver Josh Doctson. Freshman Foster Sawyer replaced Boykin at the helm, and got off to a strong start. Sawyer completed seven of his first eight passes for 103 yards and one touchdown, putting his team up 7-0 early.Foster. Australian for long TD pass. 7-0 @TCUFootball. https://t.co/yY1X5xxVSq— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015However, Sawyer quickly lost his touch, going just 1-of-10 on pass attempts and also throwing three interceptions. Sawyer was replaced in the third quarter with Bram Kohlhausen, who closed out the game at quarterback for TCU. The Horned Frogs turned the ball over four times on the day, which led to 24 points for [email protected]_Football was 6th in the NCAA in defensive efficiency. Forcing four turnovers will be probably help that go ⬆️ https://t.co/6URTDHBira— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 22, 2015After TCU took a 7-0 lead, the Sooners finished off the first half with a scoring onslaught. Two touchdowns and three field goals gave OU a 23-7 lead at half, but Kohlhausen and running back Aaron Green gave the Horned Frogs a late spark. Kohlhausen went 5-of-11 on pass attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and Green rushed the ball 23 times for 126 yards and one score. 96 of Green’s 126 yards came in the second half.With no Baker Mayfield in the second half, the Sooners did not have as much power at quarterback.Mayfield was rattled after he took a direct helmet-to-helmet hit from lineback Ty Summers early in the second quarter. Summers was ejected from the game for targeting, and even though Mayfield finished the first half, he was unable to finish the game.last_img read more

Poll Results: Most OSU Fans Fine With Rudolph (Hypothetically) Leaving After Bedlam Win

first_imgI thought this was a brilliant question which I’m allowed to say because I didn’t actually come up with it. Robert Whetsell did. Send your ire and angst his way.The hypothetical I presented (which I think the hypothetical part of that actually confused some people): Which would you rather happen out of these two scenarios? OSU wins on Saturday and Rudolph jets or OSU loses on Saturday and Rudolph stays? Nearly two-thirds of you voted that you could swallow Rudolph leaving in exchange for a Big 12 title.Poll question today: Which scenario would you prefer for this weekend?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 29, 2016I’m in the minority here. I’d take the L on Saturday for Rudolph to return. This is the slow play. Not immediately satisfying but could result in OSU’s first College Football Playoff appearance PLUS a Big 12 title next year. If Rudolph leaves, you get the Big 12 title, but you don’t get anything else (Keondre Wudtee is not winning the conference next season … I don’t think).I totally understand why the majority voted for a win this Saturday — I actually came close to this for the reasons Nate mentioned in the comments below. This sums up the reasoning behind what the majority picked (and it is not poor reasoning):”a conference championship in the hand is worth a CFP in the bush,” or something.— Zach McCoy (@ZachMcCoy371) November 29, 2016 Tough one, but conference championships don’t come around very often. Gotta get ‘em while you can.— RyanHartwig (@jryanhartwig) November 29, 2016But that offense next year with all those receivers, an established RB1 and an offensive line that has seemingly figured out its problems? Whoooooo boy. OSU would probably be the Big 12 favorite and frontrunner in the conference to get in the playoff (even if it has to go 12-0 and win every game by 65 to do so).On to the comments …Big O: Rudolph is great, but this doesn’t seem like a very compelling question. How could someone choose other than to win a conference championship and play in the Sugarbowl? It would pay long-lasting dividends in terms of recruiting. We’ve also got a very intriguing QB in Woods coming up behind Rudolph.Nate: As much as I love Mason and want him back, wins over OU, especially in Norman, are sacred. Give me the W this weekend.JG: Who in their right mind would want to lose to OU this year to keep Rudolph? Nothing is guaranteed next year, give me the win this year and the sugar bowl.This one might have made me laugh the hardest.What is the point of having a good player if we lose?— joe turk (@joeturk182) November 29, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

ESPN Ranks Oklahoma State in Top 10 of Way-Too-Early 2017 Top 25

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The football season is now officially over. Clemson knocked off Alabama in the most dramatic fashion possible with a last-second Deshaun Watson touchdown to down the mighty Crimson Tide.So now we look ahead to 2017.And as we sit in early January, the outlook is bright for Oklahoma State. Athlon Sports ranked the Cowboys as a No. 11 team in its way-too-early 2017 projection.And ESPN has even higher preseason expectations of Oklahoma State, who they ranked as No. 7 in its list released on Monday night. From ESPN:Outlook: The Pokes will have to rebuild their defense after losing top tacklers Jordan Sterns and Devante Averette plus star defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who is entering the NFL draft as a junior. But with quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington announcing they’ll return for their senior seasons, Oklahoma State might have one of the country’s most high-powered offenses in 2017. Coach Mike Gundy has guided the Pokes to 10-win seasons in five of the past seven years, and after back-to-back second-place finishes in the Big 12, they might be ready to challenge Oklahoma for the title. They’ll get to play the Sooners at home in the Bedlam game next season, and the Pokes will also host TCU, Baylor and Kansas State in Big 12 play.Interestingly, ESPN seems to be the highest on OSU in the Big 12. They ranked Oklahoma on down the list at No. 10, noting the losses of Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine and Dede Westbrook being difficult to replace from its most recent Big 12 title season.Expectations for 2017 will be high, indeed. And the media appear to be hopping on board with Mason Rudolph and Co. early.last_img read more

Justice Hill Set to Win NCAA Freshman Rushing Title

first_imgAbout a month ago we looked at the possibility of OSU running back Justice Hill ending the season as atop the list of freshman rushers.Well, thanks to Clemson’s domination of Ohio State (and Buckeye redshirt freshman Mike Weber’s lowest output of the season of 24 yards), it looks like that possibility will be realized.Hill’s 1,142 yards are most among FBS freshmen. The only freshman with a chance to catch him is Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (891 yards), and it’s not really a chance. Hurts would need 251 yards against Clemson in the national championship game.So, since that’s not happening, I’ll go ahead and congratulate Justice for another badge of honor in an impressive (and record-setting) rookie campaign.Here are the top rushing freshmen for 2016-17.1. Justice Hill (Oklahoma State) – 1,142 yards / 5.5 yards per carry / 6 touchdowns2. Mike Weber (Ohio State) – 1,096 yards / 6 yards per carry / 9 touchdowns3. Benjamin Snell, Jr. (Kentucky) – 1,091  yards / 5.9 yards per carry / 13 touchdowns4. Damarea Crockett (Missouri) – 1,062 yards / 6.9 yards per carry / 10 touchdowns5. Trayveon Williams (Texas A&M) – 1,057 yards / 6.8 yards per carry / 8 touchdowns While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Minnesota Offensive Lineman Transfers to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State has bolstered its depth along the offensive line, with the announcement on Wednesday that former Minnesota center Tyler Moore will transfer to OSU.It’s been a long process dealing with transferring from the University of Minnesota,” Moore said on twitter. “I am glad to announce that it’s finally over. I am committing to the Oklahoma State University and I am enrolling this spring semester! I am excited for my future, I cannot wait to be on campus and work with Coach Gundy and Adkins.”Minnesota controversially fired its head coach Tracy Claeys after one season as head coach, and hired #rowtheboat expert PJ Fleck away from Western Michigan.Moore was a two-year starter for the Golden Gophers who made 20 consecutive starts at center, where OSU could use some help and experience outside Brad Lundblade.He will sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules and play in the 2018 football season, but will be on campus this week to enroll early and get to work.last_img read more

Taylor, Carson, Lampkin All Headed to NFL Combine

first_imgThe Big 12 has a professional football player problem. This is no surprise to people who follow these things closely. Oklahoma State is certainly part of that, but this year the Pokes actually surpassed the Big 12 average in NFL Combine invites.Of the 19 Big 12 players invited to Indianapolis next month, OSU has three of them. Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, running back Chris Carson and cornerback Ashton Lampkin will all take their talents to the next level to see how high they can move up draft boards.Other Big 12 invites include Rasul Douglas, KD Cannon, D’Onta Foreman, Dede Westbrook, Jordan Willis, Pat Mahomes, Seth Russell and Samaje Perine.I asked Taylor how excited he is to go to Indy.“I’m very excited being one of the guys from OSU to go as a junior,” Taylor told PFB. “I’m looking forward to going out there to do my best and just enjoy the moment because moments like this only come around once.”Lampkin got a 5.12 grade from NFL.com, Taylor got a 5.35 and Carson did not a grade on the following scale:“I think as a pro I will learn from some of the other guys who have been in the league and I think I bring my athleticism as a big guy,” Taylor told me. “I’m just looking forward to going in to contribute to any team that drafts me.”The Combine will take place from Tuesday, February 28 to Monday, March 6. Here is a full list of all the participants. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Named One of College Football’s Most Tortured Fan Bases

first_imgSuccess is subjective. How do you measure it? Winning 10 games in football? Contending for conference titles? Winning a big rivalry game?Mike Gundy has captained Oklahoma State’s program to new heights, turning a once-in-awhile blip on college football’s radar to a top-15 program. But OSU has yet to take that “next step”.What is the next step? That’s also subjective but most OSU fans would like the Cowboys to compete for national championships rather than conference titles. Most would just like them to be competitive in Bedlam.Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports compiled a list of the top five most-tortured fan bases in college football and (wouldn’t you know it?) Mr. Fornelli feels your pain.Oklahoma State landed at No. 4 on his list.It can’t be easy to be an Oklahoma State football fan. You spend your entire existence living in the shadow of your state’s other major program, Oklahoma. Making matters worse, even though you’ve been one of the better programs in the country over the last decade, you still don’t get much respect nationally because everyone is focused on Oklahoma. This is a team that has won at least 10 games in five of the last seven seasons, yet the most attention it received in that period was when it blew a title shot by losing to Iowa State in 2011, and when Central Michigan beat it on a Hail Mary that never should have happened last season. CBS SportsIt’s true that the Cowboys probably don’t get the national recognition they should. The helmet sticker rule is real and it’s a part of college football. But if OSU ever wants to turn the tide on that they get an opportunity every year.The bad news is that, starting this fall, it may take two wins over OU to take that next step. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Messi, Ronaldo & La Liga’s top creators of decade

first_imgPrimera División Messi, Ronaldo and La Liga’s assist leaders of the last decade 23:01 25/2/2018 Comments(14) 1/22 Messi, Ronaldo and La Liga’s assist leaders of the last decade GFX LaLiga Assists Goal & Getty Images Isco Getty Images Full screen 1 of 22 Share Close Lionel Messi unsurprisingly leads La Liga in assists over the past 10 years. But who joins him in the top 20? FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Primera División Lionel Messi Real Sociedad Leganés Villarreal Málaga Real Madrid Levante Athletic Club Getafe Valencia Girona Celta de Vigo Eibar Deportivo Alavés Las Palmas Barcelona Sevilla Atlético Madrid Real Betis Espanyol Mesut Özil Cristiano Ronaldo Gallerylast_img read more

‘Pogba isn’t the next Patrick Vieira’

first_imgManchester United ‘Pogba isn’t the next Patrick Vieira’ – Man Utd star’s role misunderstood, says McClair Chris Burton 23:21 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Manchester United Paul Pogba Premier League The Red Devils legend believes an £89 million asset is not being played to his strengths, with his game more about creativity than tough tackling Paul Pogba is misunderstood at Manchester United, says Brian McClair, with the £89 million midfielder not another Patrick Vieira.As one of the most expensive footballers of all-time, much is expected of the 24-year-old every time he takes to the field.He has struggled to convince of late, with Jose Mourinho unceremoniously benching a global superstar amid a long-running debate regarding his best position and contribution to the cause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp McClair believes those arguments, along with the perception of what a performer boasting Pogba’s physical qualities should be, mean the France international is not being played to his strengths.A former player and youth team coach at Old Trafford told The Telegraph on a player he helped to nurture through United’s academy system: “We viewed him as a creative player.“I think people may get the idea because of his size he is a Patrick Vieira but that’s not what his attributes are about. His is about creating and scoring goals. He’s an old inside left.”While Pogba has struggled to live up to expectations upon his return to Old Trafford, fellow academy graduates have been embraced by Jose Mourinho.Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are established members of the Red Devils’ ranks, while Scott McTominay has forced his way into the fold over recent weeks after proving his worth.McClair added: “No one would have taken Jesse Lingard when he was 16 because he had the skeletal age of a 13-year-old. We allowed him to take that opportunity.Paul Pogba no Patrick Vieira Brian McClair“Scott McTominay had all sorts of problems with his growth. He was growing too fast and his body had to catch up and he missed time through injury. You support them in a different way. At one point we decided to tell him he has got an extra year because he’s fretting about it all the time.“Jesse was one of the best players all the way through in each age group. He was brave. You just have to wait for them.“They are always going to grow, you just don’t know when. They have all the other attributes. The biggest thing is to be patient with them. You have to be. They are going through all sorts of stuff.“A few have a stellar rise later but you can ask who were the best players in the youngest age groups and the coaches will say Marcus, McTominay, Jesse – even at seven or eight. We had to believe that would continue.“The biggest challenge for any young boy is getting through puberty: looking at themselves in the mirror, styling their hair, putting smelly stuff on and noticing girls. If they get through that and still love football they have a chance.”last_img read more

‘We did perfect’ – Pep happy after controlling Chelsea

first_imgManchester City ‘We did perfect’ – Guardiola ‘so happy’ after Man City controlled champions Chelsea Tom Webber 04:02 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola Man City yellow ribbon Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Manchester City v Chelsea Chelsea The visitors’ approach to the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium made it difficult to score, according to the home manager A 1-0 win over Chelsea did not reflect Manchester City’s dominance, according to Pep Guardiola, who said it was difficult to create against a team that “defend with nine players in their box”.City dominated from the outset but Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match as they opened up an 18-point lead at the Premier League summit to move four wins away from the title.Chelsea, who started with Eden Hazard as a false nine and Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench, failed to register a single shot on target across the 90 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Guardiola claimed the Blues’ approach made it difficult for City to add to the scoreline, but he was proud of how his team performed.”Chelsea are still champions. They played with 10 players behind the ball, amazingly well-organised, but we didn’t concede one chance,” he told Sky Sports.”We created enough to win the game, score more goals. Our high pressing, our build-up was outstanding so we are so happy because it’s another step forward to be champions. We have 78 points. We did perfect.”We had to control the counter-attacks, Hazard, Willian and Pedro are all quick players but we controlled it and we were quick with the ball, nobody was making extra passes or extra touches.”It’s not easy when they defend with nine players in their box, it’s complicated to try to create chances.”Chelsea didn’t have one shot on target. At Old Trafford and against Barcelona they created chances, so today we were so good and we didn’t concede anything.”We are close to be champions … but it is not already done. It’s in our hands. Now we start again, we have to try to stay calm.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more