Chelsea returned to winning ways on Tuesday against Brighton & Hove Albion and Blues manager Antonio Conte was understandably happy after seeing his side dominate the visitors throughout the game to deservedly seal three points.
Centre-back Cesar Azpilicueta assisted Alvaro Morata for the opener and Conte was in a jovial mood when asked about the Spaniards’ almost-telepathic connection on the pitch.
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“Azpi has to score also, not only assist,” the Italian laughed as he continued, “Azpi is a defender with good feet and there is this great link between him and Alvaro, it’s not the first time, I hope they continue in this way. Morata has to pay for not just one dinner but more for Azpi, if they invite me I want to go with them”.
With second-placed Manchester United drawing 2-2 at home to Burnley, Chelsea managed to close the gap between themselves and the Red Devils to a solitary point and Conte insisted that there was plenty still to play for, despite Manchester City’s dominance at the top of the Premier League.
“I think in this league there is great motivation for all to try to stay there and fight until the end. I don’t know if we can do this for the title because it depends on Man City who are doing something extraordinary. To win every game and draw one means you are having a fantastic run.”
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Conte added, “There is great motivation to find a place in the Champions League next year, there are four places for six top teams. Our start wasn’t easy for many reasons but we want to work and improve. There are many competitions and we must be very proud to play every game”.
The defending champions have a points tally of 43 after 20 rounds and will look to build on their win over Brighton when they host struggling Stoke City on Saturday.