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Conte praises Chelsea effort

Premier League Football. Chelsea versus West Ham. Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte instructs his forwards (Photo by Mark Kerton/Actionplus/Icon Sportswire)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was full of praise for his side after the 3-0 win over reigning champions Leicester City on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses all got on the scoresheet for the Blues in the win, which was dedicated to midfielder Willian who missed the game as he lost his mother earlier in the week.

Costa opened up the scoring with his sixth league goal of the season in the 7th minute. Hazard, made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute before Moses rounded off the scoring 10 minutes from the end. Conte opted to stick with the 3-4-3 formation he introduced in the game against Hull before the international break, and was pleased with the effort from his team.

“In the first half we played a very good game with high intensity, good passing and finding the attackers between the lines,” Conte said. “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 [league] game, and Nathaniel Chalobah showed he is really able.”

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