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Antonio Conte says Chelsea’s win over West Ham was a solid step under big pressure after their rivals had won on Sunday

(Last Updated On: March 7, 2017)

By Ayo Oloyede

 

Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa inspired to a 2-1 win over westham  at

the London Stadium, meaning they are now 10 points clear at the top.

Man City and Spurs both won on Super Sunday to put the ball in Chelsea’s court, but

Conte says answering to that pressure was a huge positive in a game he felt they

controlled.

Conte said on Sky Sports: “It’s a solid step for us. It’s not easy to play after your

opponent. You know if you lose, you drop points. To feel this type of pressure is

good and I think we have had a good answer.

“I think we played a good game,” he continued. “We controlled the game, scored and

had other chances to score more goals.

The Belgium international scored Chelsea’s opener a 2-1 win on Monday night

football, smartly finishing a devastating counter-attack.

That took his tally for the season to 11 in the Premier League, but Conte felt Hazard,

who was named man of the match, squandered several other opportunities at the

London Stadium.

“Eden, like the other players, played very well,” Conte said. “My players were very

good in this counter-attack, Pedro and Hazard.

“It was a good performance for [Hazard], he could score more goals and I think in

this situation it’s important to score the first but also when you get another possibility

to score a goal, you must do it.

“I am pleased for him, he played a very good game.”

Conte also reserved praise for N’Golo Kante, who won possession after a West Ham

free-kick to spark Chelsea’s break for their first goal.

“N’Golo is a really good player and has great stamina,” the Blues boss added.

“He covered a lot of ground but now we are working with him to improve in playing

directly for the forwards. He is improving a lot, he is a good player and also a good

guy.”