Conte identifies one ‘little negative aspect’ of Chelsea’s win over Everton

Antonio Conte praised his players after Chelsea’s win over Everton but felt they should have made the game safe in the second half.

First-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata gave the champions a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, where Everton barely threatened before creating a couple of late chances.

Blues boss Conte said: “If I see a little negative aspect, it’s that in the second half we could have been more clinical and closed the game.

“Instead we continued at 2-0 and then if you concede a goal you have some fear in a game you dominated.”

Even so, Chelsea were comfortable winners and Morata’s goal was the striker’s second in three Premier League appearances since his club-record move from Real Madrid this summer.

“We must be pleased with the performance. We created many chances to score and I saw many positive things,” Conte said.

Meanwhile, Conte insisted Chelsea fans can be confident he is “fully committed” to the club despite some reports claiming he could quit if signings are not made ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

The Blues boss wants new signings to be made and some reports have claimed he could even quit if the club do not bring in players before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

He was asked after the 2-0 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge if he had a message for Chelsea fans who might be concerned at reports he might walk away.

The Italian responded: “My message for the fans is always the same: I am totally committed to the club and totally committed to working to improve my players.

“I am a coach, not a manager. The best of my work is on the pitch improving my players. I must be focused on this.”

However, Conte reiterated that the squad needs to be strengthened before the window closes, particularly given the packed schedule Chelsea will face after the international break.

“There are four days to go in the transfer market and I think the club is working very hard to try to improve our squad,” he said.

“Don’t forget that next month in September we have to play seven games in a month and I need to rotate my players. It is very difficult to play seven games with the same players.

“I think the club is working very hard to strengthen the squad and knows the situation.

“But I repeat: I am ready to every case to work with these players.”

Those players were impressive against Everton, winning comfortably courtesy of first-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata.

Conte said: “We must be pleased with the performance. We created many chances to score and I saw many positive things.”

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Alvaro Morata proved himself for Chelsea against Everton

Alvaro Morata was subject to ridicule after he missed a golden opportunity to give Chelsea the lead against Tottenham with a free header only yards out. This weekend, he was once again hailed as a saviour for the Blues after an inspirational performance which showed his true quality.

Where he was anonymous against Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at Wembley, he was imperious against Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane at Stamford Bridge. Winning two aerial challenges up against three of the Premier League’s strongest aerial defenders was no mean feat.

Primarily, Morata also showed his ability to bring others into play. A clear example of that came in the 27th minute when he combined with Cesc Fabregas in a neat one-two. Morata showed superb initiative to react with a header after his initial pass was deflected, playing a perfectly weighted knock down into the path of the former Barcelona midfielder to poke the ball into the far corner of the net.

Only 13 minutes later, the creator turned to poacher. Morata had dropped deep to pick up the ball before launching a move forward, ghosting into the box just as it was knocked back for Cesar Azpilicueta to deliver an inch perfect cross onto his forehead for him to glance it beyond the helpless Jordan Pickford.

His second headed goal in as many games at Stamford Bridge, Morata looked confident again and showed his clear technical ability as he looked to hold the ball up and bring in the likes of Willian and Pedro as they bombarded forward on the counter attack. He was content not being the talisman looking to finish the opportunities, and in fact made more key passes than shots.

If Morata can consistently produce this kind of form, he will be up at the top of the goalscoring charts competing with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero. What’s more, and what makes him more of a threat than Diego Costa, he could be high on the list of assists too.

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