Antonio Conte is sure about striker's role in the team


Giroud's touch set up Eden Hazard for the opening goal as Chelsea rolled over rock-bottom West Bromwich Albion 3-0 yesterday morning (Singapore time).

The champion had lost games it was expected to win at a canter against Bournemouth and Watford, and Conte said confidence was low.

"I think they are reading speculation, rumours on me, and for sure I am grateful to the fans for supporting me this way", said Conte.

Antonio Conte has had his say about Olivier Giroud's importance at Chelsea and why he signed the former Arsenal man to make a difference, not just on the pitch but to rival Alvaro Morata up front as well. "In terms of their mentality also. for this, I'm very good", Conte was quoted as saying by British media. Everyone knows we do a lot of physical training on top of the games we are playing.

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This competition for places amongst the Chelsea ranks is really good for the Londoners, who are looking to revive their form and win something this season.

The disappointment was compounded with the loss of Daniel Sturridge barely three minutes into the game. "It's very important to feel the people are appreciating my work here in Chelsea". "Now we have two games to play against Hull (in the FA Cup) and Barcelona (in the Champions League). but now we are back".

They face Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round on Friday before meeting FC Barcelona in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on February 20.

Wing-back Davide Zappacosta and home debutant Olivier Giroud were both thwarted by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster before a foraging Hazard exchanged passes with the latter and lashed home clinically on 25 minutes.

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"We must be pleased because in the same night we found also Morata". He was telling me that I've just got to keep working hard and have the right mentality to play. "We need to give everything to reach our target and the target when you play for Chelsea is to win trophies".

"We just couldn't hurt them".

Chelsea, meanwhile, were clinical in the box, and swept the Baggies aside with two goals from Eden Hazard and one from Victor Moses.

West Brom, which saw on-loan Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge limp off with a hamstring injury inside three minutes, was blunt in attack.

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