Antonio Conte rallies Chelsea to gritty win over Man United
Chelsea fought to a well deserved 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge this afternoon to shake off some of the ghosts of Rome.
In a breathless first half Chelsea had the better of the action but were unable to make the breakthrough.
The first big chance of the game saw the Blues break down the left, and Marcos Alonso delivered a cross into the middle of the six yard box that caused the retreating Phil Jones to panic, knowing he had Alvaro Morata hot on his tail.
The England defender diverted the ball into his own net, but was saved by the linesman, who flagged for a foul from Morata. It was a very difficult call to justify.
The Blues continued and had the best of the first half, with good opportunities falling to Tiemoue Bakayoko and Andreas Christensen, but they couldn’t force the ball beyond David de Gea.
In the second half the Blues ramped up the pressure again, and were finally rewarded for their efforts. Cesar Azpilucueta was able to find himself in his favoured half space ahead of the defensive line, and he chipped yet another gorgeous chip in for Morata, who thumped a superb header home.
From there Chelsea kept up the pressure, and had chance after chance fall to their forwards who were just unable to get the crucial second goal.
The last ten minutes became a bit of a siege of Chelsea’s goal as they sat deeper and deeper and brought on more defensive players, but in the end they held firm, and walked away with a 1-0 win that could have been significantly more.