Antonio Conte lavished praise on Alvaro Morata after the Spanish striker helped to fire Chelsea to a 2-0 victory over Brighton in the Premier League on Boxing Day.
The Spanish striker fired the home side into the lead in the 46th minute at Stamford Bridge as he continued his strong start to life at Stamford Bridge.
Morata, 25, played 82 minutes in west London as Marcos Alonso also found the net to help Chelsea return to winning ways in the Premier League following their goalless draw with Everton last time out.
The striker has now scored 10 goals and made four assists in his first 17 appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League.
And Conte singled the Spaniard out for special praise after his solid display against the visitors on Tuesday afternoon.
Speaking at his post-match news conference on Tuesday, Conte said: “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.”
“In the first half we had the right chances to score but didn’t take them,” the Italian told reporters. “For this reason it becomes difficult because your opponent stays with 10 players behind the ball.
“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 have to continue this way.”
Chelsea will now look to make it back to back wins in the Premier League when they host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.