August 17, 2018

Embattled Conte whips Leicester to silence critics 

Leicester City’s away poor form continued on Saturday (15/10/16) as Chelsea cruised to victory through goals from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses.


It was Leicester’s fourth consecutive away defeat with a dominant display at Stamford Bridge from Conte’s men.


Chelsea netted first inside seven minutes when Nemanja Matic flicked on Eden Hazard’s corner for Diego Costa to smash home.


David Luiz free-kick hit the post, before Pedro played in Hazard, who outsmarted Kasper Schmeichel to slot in for the Blues.


Victor Moses’s goal dismantled the Premier League champions completely after a one-two with substitute Nathaniel Chalobah.


Chelsea manager expressed his joy and commended his team for the excellent performance at the Bridge.


“It was a good game. From the start I asked them to play well with intensity and to try to do what we are doing in training.”


“I am very happy because I had a good reply. This is the best game for us. I saw good commitment. When you work hard it is important to have a good performance,” Antonio Conte reiterated.


The loss leaves Claudio Ranieri’s side with eight points from their first eight games – the joint second lowest run by a defending Premier League champion, along with Chelsea’s team of last season.


Claudio Ranieri admitted that his team made mistakes and Chelsea capitalised to punish them.


“When you concede a goal from a corner again it is clear: you come to Chelsea and your attention must be at the maximum. We made mistakes. We tried to react and the second half was much better. Now we must react because we have the Champions League on Tuesday,” Ranieri indicated.


Chelsea were standing by under-pressure boss Antonio Conte after a series of shock bets placed in London on the Italian’s future sparked rumours he would face the axe.


Conte was the firm favourite to be the second manager to lose his job, after Swansea decided to swap bosses before the international break. But his job is now safe after demolishing the Foxes.


The embattled Conte was handed a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge after he vacated his job as Italy manager after the 2016 European Championships.





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