Tuesday 6 December 2016

Antonio Conte demanding more after Chelsea beat Burnley to extend perfect start

Published 27/08/2016 | 18:21

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte may have made the perfect start to life as Chelsea boss but he still warned the rest of the Premier League: 'We will get better'.

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Eden Hazard inspired the Blues to a thumping 3-0 victory over Burnley to make it three wins out of three.

But Conte said: "In this game we started well and played good football the whole game, but we know we can improve and we must improve.

"It's a pity now that we have this international break because after three wins I want to continue to play games. But we have to stop.

"It's important to start in a good way. Usually when a new manager arrives he brings his method of football and new ideas, and you can have good ideas but it's also important to have results, so to start in this way is good for me.

"To start the season with three wins, and a win in the cup, is good for the confidence of the players and the fans, and me. I see a lot of positive things but we can improve."

Hazard, who scored just four goals in 31 appearances during a tough campaign last season, made it two in three this time around with a superb ninth-minute strike.

The Belgian collected the ball inside his own half and galloped unchallenged down the left towards the Burnley penalty area before curling his shot inside the far post from 20 yards.

Hazard, who could have gone on to score a hat-trick, is finally resembling the player of the year of two seasons ago.

"I'm pleased for him," added Conte. "He's a fantastic player, he's working well and I like his attitude. That is very important to me."

Willian added the second goal before the break and sub Victor Moses put a deserved gloss on the scoreline a minute from the end.

Burnley had beaten Liverpool last weekend despite having just 19 per cent possession of the ball, but a repeat was never on the cards.

"The first half was poor as we've played in about a year," said manager Sean Dyche. "But it was against a very strong group, you only have to look at who they brought on to see the huge gulf between where we are as a club and this one.

"But we did not perform well at all in the first half. And if you make poor decisions like we made, against a strong side, then you are going to be in trouble, and we were.

"They were far better than us. We gave the ball away too much. You have to play on the front foot and we didn't do that."

Burnley at least did not leave Stamford Bridge entirely empty-handed as Dyche confirmed they are set to take Blues striker Patrick Bamford on loan.

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