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27 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Antonio Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte emphasised that there is a competitive fight for a place in the top four in the Premier League, after his side’s 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on Monday afternoon.

Two second-half goals from Alvaro Morata and Marcus Alonso gave the hosts the win, and both came inside the opening 15 minutes of the half.

The Blues boss was keen to highlight the fact that his team must continue to perform every week, despite leaders Manchester City holding a 12-point lead at the top of the table.

He said, “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.

“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.”

Conte highlighted that he was pleased with both his goalscorers and their efforts this season after their strikes against the Seagulls, and also challenged his team to be more ruthless with the chances that they create within matches too.

“‘It was positive for Alvaro to score because he’s our number nine and against Everton he didn’t play.

“Also, for Alonso to have scored five goals as a wing-back is a great achievement but it’s important for him to continue, because it’s very important for us to have this alternative.

“The commitment of my players was great. I was very happy with our performance after the Everton game, but we didn’t win.

“If we learn to be more clinical and exploit the many chances we have in a game, it will be better for us.”

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