Antonio Conte urged his Chelsea players to rest up for their FA Cup clash against Manchester United after Monday night’s 2-1 win at West Ham United.
The Premier League leaders managed to avoid a hiccup at their bitter rivals at the London Stadium after a comfortable victory over Slaven Bilic’s side.
Eden Hazard combined with Pedro Rodriguez to break the deadlock for the visitors in the 25th minute after the Belgian forward scored his 11th goal of the 2016-17 season.
Spain international Diego Costa kept up the pressure on Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane in pursuit of the Premier League’s golden boot with his 17th strike of the campaign after half-time.
Chelsea moved 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League title race thanks to their straightforward win at West Ham.
The Blues will return to competitive action next Monday when Chelsea entertain former manager Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to the media about the cup clash, Conte said: “We must continue. It’s important to rest really well and prepare for the FA Cup game against Manchester United.”
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