Antonio Conte hailed a job well done for Chelsea after their win at West Ham – but was quickly turning his attention to next Monday’s quarter-final at home to Manchester United.
Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa put Chelsea in control at the London Stadium, while a late Manuel Lanzini strike could not prevent the Blues from reasserting a 10-point lead at the summit with a 2-1 success.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Conte was delighted with the performance of his players.
“I think we played a good game. We controlled the game,” he said. “It’s just a pity for the goal we conceded at the end.
“To give away a clean sheet at the end is not good. We must improve in this situation. But I’m pleased. We showed great concentration and commitment and will to win.”
Conte was asked about the performance of N’Golo Kante who was once again the heartbeat of the Chelsea side.
“N’Golo Kante has great stamina. He covered a lot of the ground. He’s improving a lot,” the Blues coach added.
Chelsea now face a break from Premier League action, with their FA Cup sixth-round date with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United next on the agenda.
And Conte was clearly already turning his thoughts towards next Monday’s clash with the match a chance for Chelsea to take a big step closer towards the Double.
“We must continue. It’s important to rest really well and prepare for the FA Cup game against Manchester United,” he continued.