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Chelsea defender Luiz plays down Aguero horror tackle

Sergio Aguero (right) challenges David Luiz, for which he was sent off. Credit: PA

David Luiz has brushed off his latest controversial clash with Sergio Aguero as late-game frustration on the part of the Manchester City striker.

Aguero was sent off for an horrific stoppage-time tackle on Luiz as City were beaten 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The incident sparked a bench-clearing brawl involving players and staff of both sides that also saw City's Fernandinho sent off and bookings for Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah and Cesc Fabregas.

Luiz said: "I don't like to publicise things. This is not part of the beautiful football.

"Aguero is an amazing player, he scores a lot, he wins a lot. It is better when you talk about Aguero to talk about good things rather than bad things.

"It is quite normal frustration when you don't win the game and I don't like to speak about negative things. It is normal in football - when you win you be happy, when you lose you be sad."

Cahill delighted as Chelsea fight back to beat Man City

Gary Cahill celebrates as Chelsea hit back against Man City. Credit: PA

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill thinks his side's stunning comeback victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium showed a lot of character.

The Blues staged a second-half fightback to beat their title rivals 3-1 before the match ended with a bench-clearing melee and two red cards.

"We were 1-0 down but we had a lot of pressure to soak up in the first half," Cahill told Sky Sports 1.

"We knew we were in the game. We got to 1-1 and started building the momentum and showed a lot of character.

"We're not at Christmas yet but it's encouraging to have eight wins (in a row) now and it was a test.

"We showed another side to our football and we're delighted."


Half-time: Man City 1-0 Chelsea

Man City defender John Stones tussles with Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Credit: PA

A Gary Cahill own goal just before half-time gave Man City a 1-0 lead at the Etihad Stadium. Cahill turned Jesus Navas' cross into his own net, as City turned the screw on their Premier League rivals.

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Chelsea 'a great team only on paper', admits Conte

Chelsea have now endured comprehensive defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal. Credit: PA

Antonio Conte criticised his Chelsea players for failing to justify their reputations after Arsenal surged to a 3-0 win over the Blues on Saturday.

Chelsea capitulated in 40 first-half minutes at the Emirates Stadium as goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners a first Premier League win over their London rivals since October 2011.

The defeat leaves Chelsea eighth in the table after consecutive defeats to top-four rivals, and Conte held nothing back in his post-match assessment.

If someone thinks this season is easy, we must work a lot to improve and change the situation because now we are a great a team on the paper, not on the pitch.

I prefer to be a great team, not on paper, but also on the pitch because the pitch speaks the truth, the pitch is the most important thing for us. Not the words, not the paper. We must change this.

Last season was a bad season and last season we were a great team on the paper. This team we want to be a great team also on the pitch.

There are many difficulties but if we understand this we are in a good position to recover and to change the situation.

– Conte press conference
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