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Triumphant Chelsea won't be gift wrapping title yet: Willian

Huddersfield 1 Chelsea 3

By Mark Walker

Willian insists Chelsea will not give up on the Premier League title after they bounced back from their loss to West Ham with a 3-1 win at Huddersfield.

Blues boss Antonio Conte wrote off his side's hopes of defending their crown in the wake of their defeat to the Hammers, but saw his team respond in style with goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro.

Laurent Depoitre headed a last-gasp consolation.

"We are fighting till the end. We are Chelsea, we are a big club," Willian said.

"We had a great game, we had possession, we created a lot of chances, scored three goals."

Eden Hazard, who delivered another fine personal display, said Chelsea's response to their weekend setback was ideal.

"We had a bad game against West Ham," said the Belgian.

"We did pretty well today, scored three goals. Now let's move forward. We will fight till the end."

Conte declared his side's title defence over after Saturday's defeat at West Ham, but his players responded and won at a canter.

Not since the Blues won 4-0 at West Brom in November had they shown last season's title-winning pedigree but, masterminded by Willian, they looked back to their slick, efficient best once they had taken the lead late in the first half.

Chelsea's first attempt on target resulted in the opening goal, with Hazard sparking the move which broke the deadlock.

Hazard's flick set Willian free just outside the area and the Brazilian's diagonal pass was clipped neatly home by Bakayoko from six yards, with defender Chris Lowe's desperate bid to block the ball on the goalline in vain.

Chelsea doubled their lead in the 43rd minute. Azpilicueta's cross-field pass picked out Marcos Alonso wide on the left and the Spaniard's superb cross evaded Lowe at the far post and was headed home by Willian.

Chelsea extended their lead in the 50th minute thanks to another assist from Willian and more good work from Alonso.

Willian touched Alonso's cross back into the path of Pedro on the edge of the area and the latter crashed a right-footed shot into the top corner.

Depoitre, a late replacement for Steve Mounie, headed brilliantly home in time added on but it was a mere consolation.

Huddersfield: Lössl, Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Löwe (Hadergjonaj 67), Kachunga, Williams, Hogg (Whitehead 45), Mooy, Ince, Mounie (Depoitre 74).

Subs: Coleman, Cranie, Van La Parra, Quaner

Scorer: Depoitre (90+2)

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Christensen (Ampadu 80), Rüdiger, Moses, Kanté (Drinkwater 71), Bakayoko, Alonso, Willian, Pedro, Hazard (Batshuayi 69)

Subs: Caballero, Fàbregas, Musonda, Cahill

Scorers: Bakayoko (23), Willian (43), Pedro (50)

Referee: Andre Marriner

Match rating: 6/10

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