Antonio Conte praised the mental resolve of his Chelsea side after they re-established a seven-point Premier League lead over Tottenham.
The Blues beat Southampton 4-2 at Stamford Bridge this evening to go seven points clear at the top once again.
Conte restored Hazard and Costa to his line-up after starting them on the bench at Wembley on Saturday for the 4-2 semi-final win over Spurs and the Italian feels his changes were justified.
"It's important for us to look at ourselves, these are the most important things".
"John, for us, is a really important player", Conte added "He is doing a great job this season".
"Against United we lost three points and then we had to prepare a semi-final against Tottenham and then another tough game in the league". For this reason I must be pleased.
Antonio Conte: "I think that now at Chelsea we are in a period of transition".
Chelsea will take the momentum from Saturday's win forward into this fixture, but we think the short rest and habit of conceding goals at home will see them ship a goal or two.
Hazard fired in his 15th league goal of the season after five minutes but ex-Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu levelled and Southampton were in the ascendancy before Gary Cahill headed home in first-half stoppage time. "But we have trained very well this season and we have a lot of energy to face this type situation". "I'm pleased with our fantastic performance". Also the team, every single player, and he's always available to accept every one of my decisions. I was always confident about him. Sometimes when we have a counter attack and it's two against two and he passes the ball, I tell him, "You have the capability to score by yourself".
"We played against great players".
"I know if I kick the ball then probably the referee sends me off". Otherwise, in this league, this season the name of the team wasn't Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool.
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