Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Arsenal was well deserved, but it wasn’t easy to get, according to Antonio Conte.
The Blues went into the break ahead by a goal, after a Marcos Alonso header, with a beautiful solo run from Hazard extending the lead after the break, before Fabregas cemented the win with a well taken lob.
Arsenal is a team Conte rates quite highly, but he is pleased to have gotten maximum points from the encounter. Chelsea are now 12 points clear at the top of the table.
“We played a good game,” Conte said to Sky Sports.
“It was not easy. Arsenal for me are a good team with a lot of good players – they are technical and physical.
“But we played a good game with good intensity and organisation defensively and offensively. We deserved the win.
“I am pleased with the effort of my players. I think they deserved it because during the week in every training session I see great attitude, great behaviours. In this case the coach must be pleased.”
However, Conte was slightly frustrated by Chelsea conceding a stoppage-time header from Olivier Giroud.
“First of all I am pleased for the win, but at the same time I am a little bit disappointed with the goal we conceded to Arsenal,” he said.
“It is a pity. It is important always to try to improve and keep concentrating in the right way from the start until the end.
“In the second part of the game we conceded a few chances to Arsenal. It is a pity, but we also created a lot of chances to score a lot of goals.”