“The title is not just between the two Manchester clubs”- what the papers said

Matt Barlow – Daily Mail

“Three wins on the spin and another goal from Alvaro Morata and Chelsea’s summer crisis faded a little further into the distance.

“True enough the Premier League champions did not have things all their own way at Leicester.

“There were times when their nerves jangled in this high-energy duel but they survived the scares, defended like they really meant it and proved clinical in front of goal.

“Tiemoue Bakayoko is looking stronger and fitter in tandem with N’Golo Kante, last season’s Footballer of the Year, who scored Chelsea’s second goal and was typically flawless in the heart of midfield.

“They stalk the Manchester clubs at the top of the table as if the internal strife generated by missed transfers, the exiling of Diego Costa and an opening-day defeat at home against Burnley never happened.”

Tom Hopkinson – Mirror Football

“Alvaro Morata is fast becoming Chelsea’s head boy after scoring a third goal with his noggin this season.

“The Spaniard’s opener made it three goals in four games since his £67million signing from Real Madrid.

“And it put defending champions Chelsea on the path to victory over the previous season’s Premier League winners.

“Kante will be hoping it’s not his last [goal] of this campaign but if it is then at least it was decisive.

“It wasn’t just his strike — a low, driven effort from 30 yards — which stood him out from the crowd as man of the match but the way he consistently broke up Leicester’s possession.

“He positions himself so well he rarely needs to make a tackle, nicking the ball away from his old pals time and again then setting up his more forward-thinking team-mates.”

Matt Law – Daily Telegraph

“Three successive victories and three goals for record signing Alvaro Morata. For a club that supposedly messed up the transfer window, Chelsea could be far worse off.

“Antonio Conte’s men had to hang on to this latest win at times, following Jamie Vardy’s penalty, but there are signs that some of Chelsea’s summer business will prove to be very wise indeed.

“Add in the fact that Eden Hazard returned from injury as a late substitute against Leicester City and it is clear that Conte’s squad is more than capable of making sure the Premier League title is not a contest between the two Manchester clubs.

Stuart James – The Guardian

“After spending the international break reading up on how to improve his understanding of English football’s vocabulary, Antonio Conte swapped a book and the Italian sunshine for three points and grey skies in the Midlands, as Chelsea continued their resurgence with a third successive Premier League victory.

“These are still early days, but it feels as though normal service has been resumed with the Premier League champions, as the memories of that chaotic defeat at home to Burnley on the opening weekend of the season begin to fade.

“Chelsea are up to third in the table, winning matches without playing at their best and, on the evidence of what we have seen so far, will not be losing any sleep about Diego Costa’s absence when Álvaro Morata is in this sort of form.

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Conte: Mastering our ideology more important than goals for Morata

Antonio Conte insists it is more important to see Chelsea’s record signing Alvaro Morata gain a better understanding of how the champions play football than it is to see him score.

The Spaniard opened the scoring at the King Power as the Blues took three points from a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Leicester City.

“It is a good day for the team and a good day for Alvaro [Morata],” Conte told reporters after the game.

“It is always important for the striker to score.”

“But for me it is very important to see that he is improving and he is more involved in our idea of football and for me that is the most important thing.”

“Then if he scores, I am very happy and I am pleased for the player.”

Morata has enjoyed a good start to life at Chelsea after his £58m move from Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old’s strike against the Foxes makes it three goals and two assists in his first four games.

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