Antonio Conte‘s debut season at Chelsea couldn’t have started off brighter with three wins in as many matches, but Saturday’s victory against Burnley was certainly the most convincing yet.
Despite beating Liverpool last week, promoted Burnley were no match for a rampant Chelsea side that deserved to win 3-0. A result that took the Blues top of the Premier League for the first time in 15 months.
‘I’m pleased with the performance and the win,’ Conte said. ‘We played good football with good ball possession. We created a lot of chances.
‘The most important thing, after 13 games conceding a goal at home, we didn’t concede a goal. That is good news for the players, for me and for the fans.
‘It’s a pity now there is this international break. After three wins I wanted to continue to play games but we have to stop.
‘With my staff we will continue to work in this period of rest, to watch the game, to watch the good things – many – and watch the bad things – a few – and try to continue to improve.
‘We have now played four official games – against West Ham a good game, against Watford so-so, this game we started very well and for the whole game we played good football.
‘I’m also pleased because I saw the idea of our football today.’
‘To start the season with three wins and a win in the cup is good for all, for the confidence of the players and the fans. When we start in this way you can work better, and also the players can trust the work more.
‘Usually when a new manager arrives his brings his football methodology and new ideas. You can have good ideas but it’s important to have good results to increase the players’ confidence in you
Eden Hazard notched the game’s first goal after just nine minutes, but it was his organization and possession that helped pace the Blues throughout the entire contest.
Chelsea dominated the game’s share of the ball, particularly down the wings through Hazard and Willian, giving the home side a decisive advantage against their opponent.
While Conte has every right to be happy with the team’s progression through the opening month of the new season, the former Italy manager stressed that the club continues to look to improve.
“I am pleased to work with these players but if we find a right solution, we want to improve this squad,” Conte said.