Following the West London outfit's 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, the former Manchester United captain laid into the team, branding the performance as "unacceptable". "We could have come back, at the end but it was not enough and City deserved to win".
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte defended his cautious approach despite his side failing to register a shot on target as they went down 1-0 to Premier League champions-elect Manchester City. More records could fall before May, but the Germany star believes this is just the start.
"We were running a lot off the ball so it's about finding the balance". 'We are still on a journey. "I never spoke we have to win the two games to achieve something".
They have also been installed as favourites for the Champions League and Basel striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is in no doubt they deserve that status.
The January signing from Arsenal, who appeared as a second-half substitute, said: "It is not a good weekend for us because our opponents in the Champions League race won".
"Once we had the ball, we were immediately surrounded by three or four players".
Asked if City consider themselves among the favourites, Gundogan replied: 'It is something that it is not in our heads.
30% off Manchester City away kits! We always hear it is quite impressive, but at the end it is our style. In that game we could have scored. The results of the last games, it doesn't matter if it is Champions League or Premier League or other competitions.
"We have had opportunities against Barcelona, but nothing at all today".
This was no mutiny from Chelsea - the players, in fact, were carrying out their coach's instructions to the letter - but a passive acceptance of its place below City in English soccer's realigned hierarchy this season.
The 27-year-old said: "I don't know". I have to accept what happened in the past, but I am very comfortable with the situation. While they have been admired for the Manchester City's playing style and the way they dominate the game, not much has been said about their off-the-ball work. I've had to use it in the last week twice on co-commentary. That's is what I want to see. If I have to play this position, I want to fulfil it 100 per cent in a ideal way. "Going forward, they have very good players, but we should have hurt them more at the back".