Antonio Conte talks about Morata, Azpilicueta assists, Alonso goals and more

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte praised his players after their 2-0 victory over Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata broke the deadlock with a header from Cesar Azpilicueta’s fine cross 52 seconds into the second half.

And Marcos Alonso headed home on the hour mark – the Blues wide-man’s fifth goal of the season.

Azpilicueta has created a number of chances this season, particularly for Morata, and again showed his ability to deliver quality balls in from the right.

“He has to score, not only assist,” Conte joked.

The Italian added: “Azpi is a defender with good feet and there is a great link between him and Alvaro. I hope to continue in this way.”

Chelsea had plenty of chances to win by a greater margin but keeper Mat Ryan produced several saves and Eden Hazard was denied by a goal-line clearance from Shane Duffy.

“It was positive to score for Alvaro. He is our number nine,” Conte said.

“Also Alonso, to score five goals for a wing-back is a great achievement and it’s important to continue and not to stop, because it is very important for us to have this alternative to our strikers.

“I think it was a good performance. I have seen the stats and we had 25 shots, eight on target, 13 corners and also a lot of possession. I think we dominated the game.

“We had many chances to improve the final result but I think I saw good intensity, great commitment, and my players wanted to win this game.

“It was important for us to start the second part of the season with a win. I think we are doing a good job but it’s important to continue this way.”

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