LONDON — Star winger Eden Hazard says Chelsea’s players will stop at nothing for new manger Antonio Conte.
Chelsea registered their third straight Premier League win on Saturday as goals from Hazard, Willian and Victor Moses secured a 3-0 victory over newly-promoted Burnley.
Hazard’s impressive solo effort was the pick of the goals as his continued resurgence under Conte and the Belgium international believes everyone is thriving under the manager’s influence.
In an apparent swipe at former boss Jose Mourinho, the 25-year-old pointed to Conte’s experience as a player when discussing the club’s upturn in results.
“He’s tries to give us confidence,” Hazard told Chelsea’s website.
“He knows players because he used to be one. We had one bad season but we are trying to do better. He tries to motivate us and we are giving everything.
“He told me to sometimes go inside, sometimes to stay wide and open up the game. He wants me to score some goals and make a difference.”
Chelsea remain in the market for defensive reinforcements, but Conte has thus far been frustrated by the ‘crazy’ demands of clubs as transfer fees spiral to record highs.
But Chelsea kept their first clean sheet of the campaign in the win over Sean Dyche’s side and Hazard was pleased to halt a string of leaky displays.
“For the defence and everybody its important,” he said. “The manager spoke about it before the game, for the last 13 matches we’ve conceded a goal so a clean sheet is always good for the confidence.
“It’s a lot easier to win when you don’t concede a goal.
“We created a lot of chances and scored three beautiful goals. There is no doubt we deserved to win and we want to play like that in every game.
“In front of the fans it’s always good to score goals, we could have scored more but three isn’t bad.” — Agencies