Live Antonio Conte press conference: Chelsea boss on Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Alonso

Interested in Van Dijk in January?

I don’t like to talk about other players. It’s a lack of respect for my players and other team. He is a really good player, I wish him the best.

Thoughts on Southampton’s time-wasting?

I hope after this something can change. To book the goalkeeper early is important as the game becomes faster.

Frustrated that the gap isn’t closing on Man City?

It’s very difficult. Man City are doing a fantastic run, in this run they are also lucky, against Southampton, Bournemouth and Huddersfield they score in the last minutes.

On Alonso’s free kick

Alonso is a specialist in this situation. Willian and Fabregas are also very good. Today I am very happy for Marco.

Conte happy with performance

A good win. Yesterday I said we have to pay great attention to Southampton because they are a great team. I am happy because my players played a good game.

“When you do not score the second goal, you have to suffer,” said Conte. “You are afraid at every corner and free-kick and the opponent has the chance to draw. We dominated the game, shooting 24 times, hitting the post and we needed to score the second goal to be relaxed.

“We had a lot of chances but the goalkeeper Fraser Forster was good. We have to be happy with the performance and the clean sheet.

“If you shoot only twice and score two goals, you must be worried. We had lots of shots but we must be more accurate in our finishing.

“In the last 10 games, we have won eight, drawn one and lost one. This is our run, you have to consider last 10 games, not just two. It shows we are doing our job.”

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