It was looking like a dour afternoon for Chelsea as they failed to capitalize on their first half dominance of Brighton on Boxing Day.
However, Alvaro Morata scored early in second half before Marcos Alonso put the icing on the cake with his 60th minute header as the defending champions won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Here are some talking points from Antonio Conte’s post-match press conference.
FIRST HALF WASTED CHANCES
‘In the first half we had the right chances to score but didn’t take them,’ ‘For this reason it becomes difficult because you’re opponent stays with 10 players behind the ball.
BETTER SECOND HALF
“In the second half we settled very well and created many chances. It was a good performance with good intensity.
“It’s the same performance against Everton – against Everton we showed 25 times we had shots on goal but today we scored twice. We are in a good moment of form and just continue this way.
MORATA – A KEY PLAYER
“Morata is our number nine and is important. Today he played a good game with and without the ball, his commitment was great. But I’m happy with the commitment of all my players.
LUCKIER LAST SEASON THAN THIS SEASON.
“This season is different to last season. Last season a lot of times we won games and were a bit lucky – like against West Brom here, Sunderland. This season sometimes we could have more luck.
RESPECT FOR MAN CITY
“We have great respect for Manchester City because they are doing an extraordinary thing.’