Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was in an excellent mood after seeing his side defeat Everton 5-0 to move into first place in the standings.
The Blues put on a dominant performance at Stamford Bridge and jumped out to a 2-0 lead after goals by Eden Hazard (19th minute) and Marcos Alonso (20th minute) in quick succession. Diego Costa made it 3-0 right before halftime to basically kill the game off. Chelsea did a great job on both ends of the field, and kept Everton from recording a single shot on target. Hazard scored his second of the game in the 56th minute before Pedro rounded things off with a goal in the 65th minute.
Conte was delighted with the win that saw his side move into the top spot in the standings as Manchester City were held to a draw against Middlesbrough, and Arsenal and Liverpool playing on Sunday.
“When you have this type of performance you are very happy, I’m pleased above all for my players,” Conte said. “It’s important to win but when you win in this way it’s great. It can improve our confidence and I’m very pleased tonight.
“When you see every day the players’ commitment and work rate it’s important to have this type of performance. We can continue to work very hard and trust in our work.
“We don’t want to send a message to other teams, we want to send one to ourselves. It’s important to be focused on our work. We want to improve and we are working a lot. This is the right way and the players are recognising that. Everton is now the past and after the international break we must start again in the same way we’ve left it today.
“What was important was to win, play good football and bring our principles to the pitch. When you play five in a row and don’t concede you can be satisfied.
“Everton changed their formation and system, they tried to find a solution where it was man to man in every zone of the pitch. Every coach uses a system with different ideas.
“We have good players with great talent and we have to put them in the best situation to exploit their talent. There was a fantastic atmosphere with our supporters and we must continue to work together.”