Conte: Chelsea can get bet­ter

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claimed Chelsea can still im­prove, de­spite record­ing his best win as man­ager of the club so far, de­scrib­ing his side’s 5-0 thrash­ing of Ever­ton as “fan­tas­tico”.

The Ital­ian had been pressed to of­fer a word from his own lan­guage for the dis­play and, hav­ing chuck­led about the one he picked, then spoke se­ri­ously about how the true value of this vic­tory is how it in­stils con­fi­dence in the sys­tem and his on­go­ing work with the squad.

“You have to show that you can win with the idea of play­ing good foot­ball. It’s im­por­tant to put these play­ers in the best sit­u­a­tion to ex­ploit their ta­lent,” said Conte as Chelsea moved to the top of the ta­ble.

“I’m very pleased be­cause to­day there was a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere with our sup­port­ers. We must con­tinue to work to­gether with the play­ers, the club, the sup­port­ers and then to im­prove step by step. We can im­prove. We can im­prove.”

It is dif­fi­cult to see how Eden Hazard can im­prove, hav­ing put in one of his finest dis­plays for Chelsea.

He scored twice, open­ing the scor­ing af­ter 18 min­utes, be­fore driv­ing home the best strike of the game on 54 min­utes af­ter a bril­liant ex­change of flicks with Pe­dro.

That makes it seven goals in 11, his finest start to a sea­son since mov­ing to Stam­ford Bridge.

“He’s play­ing fan­tas­tic foot­ball,” Conte en­thused. “He’s show­ing his ta­lent with all the Chelsea play­ers. But the most im­por­tant thing is that I’m see­ing that Eden is fan­tas­tic with the ball and he is fan­tas­tic with­out the ball.”

Mar­cos Alonso hit the sec­ond to claim his first goal for the club, with Diego Costa then hit­ting the third, be­fore Pe­dro com­pleted the scor­ing. a

Ever­ton didn’t have a chance and, hav­ing switched from his own at­tempt to play a three-man de­fence as early as the 36th minute, coach Ron­ald Koe­man praised how the Ital­ian ha made that for­ma­tion work.

“I never saw a team play­ing so well this sys­tem,” the Ever­ton man­ager said.

“This sys­tem is very dif­fi­cult to play against, the move­ment of the play­ers.

“Chelsea showed us to­day a very high level of foot­ball – in ev­ery as­pect of foot­ball. I did not ex­pect that big a dif­fer­ence on the pitch, but it hap­pened.

“I think af­ter play­ing out of this sys­tem, five wins in a row, they (Chelsea) score a lot, they don’t con­cede any goal, it’s enough for them. It’s the best way for them, and of course some key play­ers in that team are show­ing the high­est level of foot­ball.”

“How they work, how they run, how they press – we can learn from them.”

De­spite the rout, Conte was still re­luc­tant to talk of ti­tle chal­lenges.

“We don’t want to send a mes­sage to the other teams. It’s im­por­tant to send a mes­sage to our­selves,” he said. – AFP

Liver­pool’s Emre Can scores past Wat­ford’s keeper Cos­tel Pan­til­imon dur­ing their English Premier League match at An­field yes­ter­day. reuterspix

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