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Reaction: Hitting form

Alvaro Morata and Pedro, both starters in yesterday’s 2-1 win at Leicester, have spoken about the importance of another three points for Antonio Conte’s side.

The Blues moved up to third in the Premier League table following a victory – our third in a row - which was secured thanks to goals in each half from Morata and former Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante.

Morata, who opened the scoring with a brilliant header four minutes before the break, has now netted three goals in his first four Chelsea appearances.

‘It was a very important win,’ said the striker. ‘Against teams like Leicester it’s always very difficult and we suffered in the last minutes having been 2-0 up, but that’s the Premier League.

‘I’m feeling good but we are not in first place, which is the most important thing, so we must keep working.’

Morata was involved in an incident late in the game, when his header looked to have been handled by Leicester defender Harry Maguire, which could have led to a Chelsea penalty.

‘It’s difficult to see for the referee because the game is fast,’ he said. ‘I don’t know if it was penalty or not but I was near the situation and even I didn’t see it perfectly, so it’s tough for the referee.’

Pedro believes the team are beginning to click into gear after winning three difficult matches in succession.

‘It’s one more win for us, a very important three points and we are continuing in the right way,’ said the Spaniard. ‘The team are playing very well.

‘Every game in the Premier League is difficult, Leicester are very good on the counter attack and in transitions, with players like Vardy and Mahrez, so it was very important for us to win.

‘They were two very good goals, Morata scored the first from a good Azpi cross, and N’Golo’s was a nice shot from outside the box. We are moving up the table which is very good for us.’

Pedro also paid tribute to Kante following a wonderful display by the Frenchman against his former club.

‘He’s a very important player for the team, a very good midfielder,’ he added. ‘He’s always running and recovering balls. He also scores goals and he’s a complete player.’

 

 

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