Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised the club’s fans for sticking by him, after a comfortable win over West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge eased the pressure on the Italian.
By SportBrief Reporter
Chelsea returned to winning ways after recording a convincing 3-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion to ease pressure off their manager Antonio Conte on Monday evening.
Conte’s Chelsea future had been placed under the harshest spotlight after successive heavy losses to Bournemouth and Watford – but a victory that took them back up to fourth in the Premier League will ease those concerns for now.
Conte’s name was sung throughout by the home fans, in an obvious show of support.
“I have to thank the fans because they showed me great support,” he said. “They are reading speculation and rumours on me and I’m grateful to the fans.
“It means they understand my passion, my will to defend this colour, this shirt, this badge.
“I have to live with this pressure until the end of the season. I don’t want this pressure to weigh on the shoulders of my players.”
Hazard exchanged passes with Olivier Giroud before giving Chelsea a first-half lead and, after Victor Moses slid home a second after the break, sealed victory with a powerful drive in the 71st minute.
The win took the Blues a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham. West Brom, meanwhile, are seven points from safety after one win in 25 league games.
There was certainly no shortage of touchline commitment from Conte, urging his players with actions and words throughout, boiling over at a tackle from behind on Giroud from Evans and even finding time to give substitute Alvaro Morata some very boisterous advice.