Antonio Conte was full of praise for his side after he watched them produce a fine performance to beat Leicester City 3-0 and dedicated the victory to Willian, who missed the game following the passing of his mother earlier this week.
Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses scored the goals as we recorded a second consecutive victory, as well as a second straight clean sheet.
‘In the first half we played a very good game with high intensity, good passing and finding the attackers between the lines,’ said Conte. ‘We created many chances to score and we were aggressive when we lost the ball.
‘Today I’m pleased because I saw the things we have been working on this week. Above all I’m pleased for the players because when you work so hard during the week it’s logical you want to see a good result and a good game.
‘Now we have a whole week to work and to see who is in the best shape to play the next match. The players know I want to see the right commitment and work-rate, after that I decide the formation. Another young player from the academy, Ola Aina, played his first (Premier league) game, and Nathaniel Chalobah showed he is really able.’
Our two most recent victories have come since Conte changed the formation to 3-4-3
‘I changed the system because when you arrive at a new team you need time to study the right fit for the team. After we conceded a lot of goals I decided to change before the Hull game. When I see my players during the week working this way I’m very calm.’
Conte explained why he kept Diego Costa on the pitch when the striker appeared to signal that he wanted to come off
‘If I can I want to keep Costa on until the end, he’s an important player with great personality. I know it was a risk because if he got another yellow card he would miss the next game but his passion is important for the team and he must transfer this in every minute of the game. I always take the responsibility in every situation, positive or negative, substitutions are always my decision.’
The Italian also praised Victor Moses, who impressed at right wing-back
‘When I arrived at Chelsea I told the club I wanted to see Victor in pre-season because I knew him very well and I knew about his great potential. He played well as a winger when we were playing with a 4-2-4. He’s a very good player, now he’s playing as a wing-back and it’s fantastic because he pays great attention in defence and can go one against one in attack. Alonso always played this role but Moses is a winger. His education is fantastic. I’m pleased for him. If someone shows they deserve to play I have no problem, I don’t care about the surname.’
Conte concluded his press conference by speaking about Willian
‘I want to dedicate the win to Willian and his family because we know it’s a very sad moment for him, and for us, because we are all very close.’