December 16, 2018, 12:23

Willian and Hazard: Chelsea ‘fighting until the end’ for title

Willian and Hazard: Chelsea ‘fighting until the end’ for title

Willian insists Chelsea will not give up on the Premier League title after they bounced back from their loss to West Ham with a 3-1 win at Huddersfield.

Blues boss Antonio Conte wrote off his side’s hopes of defending their crown in the wake of their defeat to the Hammers, but saw his side respond in style with goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro. Laurent Depoitre headed a last-gasp consolation for the hosts.

“We are fighting till the end. We are Chelsea, we are a big club,” Willian said on BT Sport 1.

He added: “We had a great game, we had possession, we created a lot of chances, scored three goals.”

Eden Hazard, who delivered another fine personal display, said Chelsea’s response to their weekend setback was ideal.

“We had a bad game against West Ham,” said the Belgian. “We did pretty well today, scored three goals. Now let’s move forward. We will fight till the end.”

Conte was pleased with what he saw from his front three of Hazard, Pedro and William, the latter two having started on the bench against West Ham.

He said: “A good win, from the start we played good football.

“I have decided for this solution. It’s not the first time to play with these type of players – Hazard, Willian, Pedro. I think they are very good technically, they are very fast. They played very well.”

Conte was also full of praise for Bakayoko, hauled off a half-time at the London Stadium.

“I think he played a really good game,” the Italian said of the 23-year-old. “This guy is a young player, a player with great potential and I think he is starting to understand what I want.”

Huddersfield boss David Wagner felt his side were made to pay for individual mistakes.

He said: “You have to be on your best in terms of focus and concentration to get something out of the games when you play one of the top teams.

“Unfortunately for the first goal we were a little bit sloppy, unconcentrated. For the second goal as well.

“We have to be honest with ourselves. We weren’t at our best in terms of focus and concentration, but apart from this I have no complaints.

“The players tried their best and showed character.”


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