Pedro nets stunner vs. Everton as Chelsea win 3-0

Antonio Conte celebrates after the win against Everton at Goodison Park

Antonio Conte celebrates after the win against Everton at Goodison Park

Conte praised the "great patience" of his players after three second-half goals saw them take another step towards the Premier League title with an emphatic victory.

"We have created this link between me and the fans which is incredible", the Blues boss declared.

"For sure it will be a really tough game for us but at the end of the season, I think every game becomes tough for many different reasons", Conte said.

A stunner from Pedro and Gary Cahill's goal had earlier given Chelsea control on their way to retaining a four-point buffer atop the table. We scored an awesome goal with Pedro, then the second and third, but it was not so easy.

Cascarino has pointed out a weakness in the former Anderlecht and Chelsea striker's game - his hold-up play.

Asked it the performance proved Chelsea would be worth champions, Koeman said: "Maybe in the last 30 minutes, yes".

But, he did have a frustrating time of things, picking up a booking and he was rested by Conte with five minutes to go.

Defeat was Everton's first in the league at home since December and only their second in 12 months, but there was no doubt they were second-best and manager Ronald Koeman admitted as much.

"Now it is important for us to prepare the right way the next game".

If Chelsea were going to slip up late in their title bid then surely it was the trip to Goodison Park to face a seventh-placed Everton who had lost just once at home all season which presented the biggest danger. We started well and were a bit unlucky we hit the post. At times you need a bit of class to open up a team, that's what he did today.

"I think it is important to win but also to have great enthusiasm". They wait and they are really clinical. The third goal was high quality [showing] the offensive side of Chelsea.

"He came on and I think he looks a veteran and it is great".

'We know Lukaku is the top scorer in the Premier League, he's very unsafe but we just tried to defend him as best as we could, ' the Spaniard told Chelsea's official website.

The Blues had the chance to take the lead in the 11th minute, as Eden Hazard rounded Maarten Stekelenburg but could only fire into the side-netting from a tight angle.

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