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Reaction: An important win

Alvaro Morata, scorer of the winning goal against Manchester United, and man-of the-match Cesc Fabregas have highlighted the significance of the victory.

Morata netted the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge, heading home a Cesar Azpilicueta cross 10 minutes after half-time.

It was the Spaniard's eighth goal of the season and he was delighted to play such a pivotal role in the eventual outcome.

‘It is very important for us because we needed these three points before the international break,’ Morata explained.

‘We are very happy because we played well and we deserved this win.

‘It’s a big win for the manager, for the club, the team and everyone who works for Chelsea. It was a great day for everybody and we are very happy.

‘I’m pleased I scored but the most important thing was that we won and got back to winning ways. We go into the international break with three points and this is very important for us.’

Fabregas, playing in a three-man midfield alongside the returning N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko, was oustanding throughout, and he spoke about how we prepared for the game.

'We had plenty of chances, especially in the first half, and we probably could have killed the game off in the second half to be honest,' said Fabregas. But it was a very good performance and the game was a little bit more open that we expected.

'We prepared for the game in a certain way because we know they like to defend. We know they like to close one side and move across, and we felt if we maybe left the interiors open, and attacked in the space, we could create problems, and that’s what we did.

'We had more possession than ususal which, for me, is something we’ve been lacking. We had the personality to play and we said before the game that it’s fantastic to defend well, in a block, but we need to play. This is a team, in my opinion, with fantastic players and we need to take advantage of that. We had a lot of the ball, we created chances and we played like a big team. We should be proud.'

It's now three consecutive Premier League wins for Antonio Conte's side, and with a break now for international fixtures, Fabregas says the focus turns to our game at West Bromwich Albion in a fortnight.

‘If you play for Chelsea Football Club you need to win every single game,’ he said. ‘There is no game bigger than another. I understand that for the fans and the media, Chelsea against Manchester United will always be a big game, but you go to any stadium in the Premier League now and it’s difficult, we experienced it at Crystal Palace.

‘We just have to keep going. It’s fantastic to get three points before the international break and now we must prepare for our next game in two weeks.’

 

 

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