"I really feel really strongly about it".
"At this moment, you have to accept every criticism, but I am not so stupid to play open against Manchester City and win 3-0", Conte said. If you do that then, if you lose, you do it with your head up high. That it what pleases me the most.
The game was nearly boring, which is a compliment to City because they were in such complete control.
I think it is a effect of the way we play. Chelsea's cause was not helped by the absence of midfield enforcer N'Golo Kante.
"Nine of them [Chelsea players] have won Premier League titles, Manchester had two". They got their reward because they went 1-0 up and nearly held on to win. Understandably they did not want to be opened up by the Citizens but they could have offered more as their reign comes to a disappointing end.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shakes hands with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after the match REUTERS.
They can be certain that the best in Europe will not play as meekly against City as the majority of the Premier League clubs if, or when, they have to lock horns in the Champions League.
Chelsea were also playing with five at the back, against three City attackers. He was marked well by the Chelsea defence denying him any space or goalscoring chance.
"We created enough to win the game, score more goals". A lot of the time they were just kicking the ball away.
Premier League pundit Graeme Souness was less than impressed with Chelsea's approach. "They'll be going home thinking Chelsea were bad - it was a stroll".
What could Chelsea have done differently?
"Chelsea didn't have one shot on target". They kept possession and kept us at bay, ticking down the clock until the game cantered to a boring climax. Records are a effect of what we have done. "When you decide to work with this type of coach, you must understand that you take a coach with great ambition".
"We need to keep the focus on this and win the next game".
It was obvious from watching the Chelsea players that Sunday was not fun for any of them.
"I tried to wait because the substitution was with Hazard and you hope until the end that a player like Hazard can invent something", Conte said.
"I think that we can have regret for the other games, but not for this because I think the effort of the players was an important effort".
They were literally walking as the game progressed to the latter stages.
If you see tactical solutions, you have to use them.
"There is no part of me that can watch this and think this is right". They have to, because sometimes I can not reach them during a game.
What next for Chelsea? 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. Arsenal hasn't lost four matches in a row since 2002.
Conte set his team up for a draw.
It always seems to happen at Chelsea in the manager's second year - not just with Conte, but with Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti too. "They're better than that, they're much better than that".
Ruud Gullit was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.
Instead, we opted to sit off and invite pressure, which Man City were not in any hurry to provide.