Antonio Conte: "If I don't see pressure, I put pressure"

In the press conference following Chelsea's 3-1 win at Bournemouth, Blues Manager Antonio Conte said he thrives on pressure.

Chelsea restored their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win against Bournemouth yesterday.

Speculation surrounding the future of the Belgian has been doing the rounds for a few weeks, but Antonio Conte has made it clear that Hazard is now happy at Chelsea.

"We started the game very well with great attention and focus".

"Fabregas was released and that's what he can do and that's how I think he will approach them games". I tell them that I am very happy at Chelsea. "Then we conceded the goal and we lost a bit of confidence".

Conte also praised Costa after the match despite his continuing lack of goals, and preferred to concentrate on the win itself rather than the defence's continuing habit of giving away goals.

"Maybe before the game we felt pressure but once the game kicks off we just think about winning, after that we didn't think about the Tottenham result".

For all the control that City exerted over the game, Chelsea's efficiency in attack means that they were the ones who left with all three points, and possibly with one hand on the Premier League trophy.

"But it's important to go game by game, in this case after our defeat against Crystal Palace, we played Manchester City, and we could drop points, and today we could drop points also".

But Chelsea recovered their composure quickly and took the lead, just after Jack Wilshere - on loan to Bournemouth from Arsenal - had created a chance for Fraser that he put well wide.

In the second half the pattern of play resumed - Chelsea playing the ball comfortably, relishing time and space, while the hosts tried to make the most of rare possession around their opponents' box.

"For sure Tottenham have a great desire to win the title and we must have the same desire".

Chelsea smelled blood. Three minutes later, N'Golo Kante received possession in the middle of the park and had the vision to pick out Hazard with a delightful lofted ball over Bournemouth's backline.

"I'm happy with his performance", Conte said.

Despite his recent struggles Costa has scored 17 goals in 26 Premier League games for Chelsea this season and would not be easily replaced at Stamford Bridge. At the moment Diego is not scoring but he is totally involved in the team and our idea of football. The Belgian attacker had timed his run to perfection and was in on goal with his first touch.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe spoke after the game, and while he was pleased with his team's efforts, he confessed that Chelsea were simply too much for them.

  • Julie Sanders