For a solid couple hours, Chelsea could forget about the "crazy" transfer market and concentrate on the actual football.
And what a treat that football was, full of hustle, strength, skill, and attacking intent, Chelsea playing visitors Burnley off the immaculate Stamford Bridge turf Saturday afternoon. Goals from wingers Eden Hazard, Willian, and Victor Moses told the tale of the tape, but plenty others came close, including Diego Costa who had five shots.
Conte: "Diego - today he was very unlucky. He had many chances to score the goal - it is a pity. But two last games he scored two goals."— Dan Levene (@danlevene) August 27, 2016
Chelsea's profligacy was one of the very few lowlights of the game as the hosts outclassed the visitors by a rather wide margin. Burnley manager Sean Dyche managed to see the humor in all of that, but Conte struck a more serious note, as he often does.
Dyche: "Chelsea are almost a back five and a front five, with Kante then covering every inch of the pitch."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) August 27, 2016
Dyche jokes about Hazard: "He looks a fine player to me. If he fancies coming up, I'll take him!— Dan Levene (@danlevene) August 27, 2016
For Conte, it's been a perfect start on the job, three wins from three in the league and one more in the League Cup. Nothing like winning to bring the feel-good back, to re-instill much needed confidence in players and fans alike, and get the squad to buy into the new system. So far so good, but there's work to be done still. Always.
"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."
-Antonio Conte; source: talkSport
As we slowly learn his methods of madness, we can add a third pillar to the core tenets of Conte: work, fight, family.
Conte: "I don't want a team. I want a family."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) August 27, 2016