A defiant Antonio Conte claims his Chelsea side will battle “until the end” to make the 2017-18 season a success.
Eden Hazard’s brace either side of Victor Moses’ goal saw the Blues comfortably beat bottom-placed West Brom on Tuesday morning.
After the Italian’s tenure at Stamford Bridge came under scrutiny following defeats to Bournemouth and Watford, Conte says that his squad have learned to deal with the outside pressure.
“We are getting used to the speculation,” he told reporters after the match.
“My players know very well what we have to do. Until the end we continue to live with this speculation so, for sure, we are going to try to fight against it.
“There is only one way – to win and play good football.”
Following the result, Conte also gave credit to the Chelsea faithful for their resolute support during a tumultuous period.
“The fans have showed me great support because I think they are reading the rumours about me,” he said.
“So I must thank them for that. It means that, in our 18 months together, they understand my passion and my will to defend these colours, this shirt, this badge. To know that people appreciate my work here in Chelsea is important.
“The players and I are trying to do our best to give them the best satisfaction. Our will is always there.”
Sealing the win with two typical moments of class, Hazard says that Chelsea have rediscovered the spark which will help bring home silverware at the end of 2017-18.
“We are ready,” added the Belgian.
“It wasn’t a good moment for us, losing the last two matches, but now we are back. We are Chelsea.
“We are the champions and we need to give everything. We need to be in the top four for the Champions League next season, and we have a lot of games still to play.
“We will go for everything – we have a good team, good players, and we will give everything to reach our targets. When you play for Chelsea, you have to win trophies.”