By Johnny Edward:
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has prasied his players for their doggedness in recording their first win of the new English Premier League season, Completesportnigeria.com reports.
Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Sunday at Wembley Stadium courtesy of a brace from Marcos Alonso.
Conte who was relieved to earn his first win of the season after the home defeat to Burnley last weekend admitted to the media after the game that his side were very poor at the beginning.
“The first half was not good,” Conte began during his post-match interview.
“But they showed me that last season’s desire has stayed in their hearts. The fans were also incredible. They pushed in every moment.
“I want to thank my players their commitment, desire and heart was incredible today.
It wasn’t easy to play against Tottenham Hotspur.
“Morata could have scored but his work rate during the game was incredible. He can improve a lot but he showed strength and technique.
“Players like Timeou Bakayoko and Morata played a great game but they can improve with our team.
“Bakayoko has worked a lot in the last 10 days and I see great improvement. He must adapt to our idea of football.
“This is the perfect response from the champions. Don’t forget we are champions. For sure we have problems but we are ready.
“Luiz’s performance was amazing, he played with great discipline and intelligence in a new system.”
On the club bringing in new players before the transfer window closes, Conte said: “I think the club is trying to do its best in the transfer market to improve this squad but honestly I must be happy.”