Conte lauds players for showing ‘great patience’

Antonio Conte praised his Chelsea team for showing "great patience" after they overcome Everton on Sunday at Goodison Park to move a step closer to the Premier League title.

The Blues beat the Toffees 3-0 thanks to second half strikes by Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian after initially struggling to break their opponents down in the opening stanza.

The Chelsea was pleased that his charges stuck to their task and was happy they kept a clean sheet.

Conte said after  the game: "I must be pleased for the performance. It wasn't easy to play against a really strong team and a really good manager that prepared the game really well with good tactical organisation.

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"My players showed me great patience to wait for the right moment to hit.

"For us it was very important to keep the clean sheet after 13 games. This is very important for our confidence for the final part of the season.

"We know Everton won eight games in a row at Goodison Park so it's a good win for us, we must be pleased for this."