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  • By Paul Lagan

Conte: Score early and the game is easy

Antonio Conte was naturally delighted with his side’s 5-0 thrashing of awful Stoke City.

Normally Conte would not respond so early to fans chanting his name during a game, as he would fear the game was not yet over, but after 15 minutes he was clapping to them in support. He knew the game was up for the visitors. He knew they were under strength. He knew they were there for the taking and they were.

He said: "I think our performance was very positive.

"We started the game very well with great desire to score early. In this type of game, if you are able to score early the game can become easy because your opponent has to change their plan and give more space for you to attack with your striker.

"We wanted this. I'm very pleased for the performance of all my players and I'm pleased with another clean sheet. I think that we're showing good solidity -- if you compare this season with last season, we scored less but we conceded less.

But the Italian knows that there is more to come from his side.

"We have to continue to work very hard to try to improve this team, but for sure to end this year in this way is great for me, great for the players, great for the club, great for our fans. This year was a fantastic year.

"To win the title in England is not simple, not easy, and to be able to do this in your first chance. I will remember this year in my mind forever."

Chelsea had five different goal scorers, neither were specialist hitmenAlvaro Morata or Michy Batshuayi, who came on as a substitute

Of Morata, conte said "It was a pity, because for a striker it's always important to score, but usually I'm more worried when our striker doesn't have chances to score.

"In this case I think Alvaro was very good to stay in the right place.

"He scored a hat trick in the game away against Stoke City, and I think he drew the situation between the game away and the game at home. But I repeat: for me it's very important to see that my players have the chances to score

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