Chelsea went 1-0 down just 12 minutes into the game hosting Newcastle United at the Stamford Bridge, but did a great job coming back, even before halftime.
Two goals from Eden Hazard (the second one from the penalty spot in the second half) and one from Alvaro Morata gave the Blues all three points, leaving their manager very satisfied with the result and the attitude of the squad, after that early Newcastle goal.
I think we must be pleased, it was a good answer of all my players. I think we started the game a bit slow. But after when we went 1-0 down, we started to play with good intensity and created chances to score
Antonio Conte told reporters, adding
It was a good performance from all my players. I am very happy for this. Today it was another good finish, it is not simple to go 1-0 down and have the right desire and will to fight and will to win this type of game.
The Italian was particularly pleased with the way Hazard and Morata combined with each other on a number of occasions.
I think Eden played a really good game. I think he enjoyed playing this type of football. He is an important player as we can change our system. He can play as a second striker, he can play as a number 10. Today Eden and Alvaro showed a great link and I saw a lot of good combination play. I am happy
Conte said. Last, but not least, he commented on the situation in the Premier League this season, and couldn’t avoid admitting that there is one team that is sticking out.
You know very well in this league there is a team doing extraordinary things, that is Manchester City. Otherwise I think we stay there with the other teams. At the same time it is important to look at ourselves and go step by step and go game by game
the Chelsea manager said, as if considering that… extreme things will need to happen for City not to win the title.