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Marcos Alonso and Willian reveal Chelsea's keys to victory against Hull City

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A new system is great, but it's also about getting the basics right.

Deadline day signing Marcos Alonso made his first Premier League start for Chelsea in Saturday's win over Hull City.  Fortunately, the outcome was much better than his previous appearance, an extended cameo against Arsenal that first saw Chelsea switch to a three-man defense.  Deploying a similar tactic against Hull yielded positive results; the key to victory however wasn't necessarily the shape, but concentrating and not making silly mistakes like the team's been making for several weeks now.

"It's the first game I've started in the Premier league for Chelsea, we got three points and a clean sheet so I'm very happy."

"We've been conceding a lot of goals and against Hull we were concentrated for 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet so that was good."

-Marcos Alonso; source: Chelsea FC

The man who scored the opening goal, Willian, also talked about the concentration needed, especially in the final third, to break the deadlock.  He also revealed that Conte's main half-time message was to press higher — to "defend very high" as Conte himself put it in his post-match interview.

"We did a good job. In the first half we played well but didn't score a goal. In the second half we were more concentrated on our final pass and we scored two goals, so congratulations to everyone and now we must keep going."

"At half-time the manager told us to continue to press high up the pitch and we did it well."

Chelsea sit in seventh, with thirteen points form seven games, five points off the leaders' pace.  Not the best; not the worst, though the Blues are currently the lowest placed of the "big six" contenders for the highly coveted top four spots.  But it's still early, and as we've seen on Sunday, with Spurs dominating Manchester City and Manchester United dropping points at home against Stoke City, anything can happen.

"We have to stay positive. The season has only just started and there are so many games left to play. Now we have to continue in the same way in our games to come."

-Willian; source: Chelsea FC

And now we have two weeks to train and work on this new system, or whatever system will give us the best chance of winning the two big games coming after the international break: Leicester City and Manchester United at the Bridge.