News ID: 209947
Published: 0407 GMT February 13, 2018

Conte praises fans after win eases pressure

Conte praises fans after win eases pressure
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (2nd R) celebrates his first goal with teammates in the 3-0 beating of West Bromwich Albion in London’s Stamford Bridge on February 12, 2018.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised the club's fans for sticking by him, after a comfortable win over West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge eased the pressure on the Italian.

Conte's Chelsea future had been placed under the harshest spotlight after successive heavy losses to Bournemouth and Watford – but a victory that took the Blues back up to fourth in the Premier League will ease those concerns for now, BBC reported.

Conte's name was sung throughout by the home fans, in an obvious show of support.

"I have to thank the fans because they showed me great support," he said.

"They are reading speculation and rumors on me and I'm grateful to the fans.

"It means they understand my passion, my will to defend this color, this shirt, this badge.

"I have to live with this pressure until the end of the season. I don't want this pressure to weigh on the shoulders of my players."

Conte needed the brilliance of Eden Hazard to settle early uncertainty on the pitch and in the stands.

Hazard exchanged passes with Olivier Giroud before giving Chelsea a first-half lead and, after Victor Moses slid home a second after the break, sealed victory with a powerful drive in the 71st minute.

The win took Chelsea a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.


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