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Chelsea finally looking like powerhouses of old, says Conte

Chelsea 2 Brighton 0

By Duncan Bech

Antonio Conte reflected on a dominant display after Brighton fell to a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Alvaro Morata returned from suspension to nod home the opener 40 seconds after half-time before Marcos Alonso headed in a Cesc Fabregas corner to put the result beyond doubt.

"It was a good performance. We shot 25 times, eight on target, with 13 corners and a lot of possession," Conte said.

"We dominated the game in the same way as in the previous game against Everton. The difference here was that we scored.

"We had many chances to improve the final result, but I saw good intensity and great commitment from the players.

"It was positive for Alvaro to score because he's our number nine and didn't play against Everton.

"Also for Alonso to score five goals until now, for a wing back, is a great achievement. But it's important for him to continue scoring!"

Manchester City are runaway leaders at the summit of the Premier League - they are 13 points clear of the Blues in third - and Conte admitted Chelsea must look beyond the title for inspiration this season.

"There is great motivation to fight until the end. I don't know if we can do this for the title because it depends on Manchester City, who are having a fantastic run," Conte said.

"With the other top teams, we stay there to fight. There is great motivation for us and other teams to get a place in the Champions League next season."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton said: "We're hugely disappointed with the two goals."

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