Antonio Conte believes Sunday’s victory over Manchester United will help Chelsea regain the belief that they can win the title for a second season running.
Alvaro Morata scored the only goal of the game in the second half to settle a tight affair.
“We must be pleased. We played with great energy, passion and enthusiasm. There were a lot of positive things,” Conte told Sky Sports post-match.
“The desire from my players The fight and will to help each other. When we play in this way it’s great. Last season we won the title and showed fantastic spirit in every game.
“This season, for many reasons, we started with a lot of problems. When you have problems you must pay attention because things can go down.
“To win against Manchester United gives you confidence and enthusiasm to understand that if we want, we can.”
The Italian was asked to explain David Luiz’s ommision, and claimed it was a tactical decision.
“It’s simple. The coach has to make the best decision for the team, and tonight it was to play for Christensen and Ampadu, good players for the present and future.
“I decided this tonight, maybe I can decide a different way in the future. It’s normal. I have to make the best decision for the club, not for a single player.
“It was only a tactical decision. It’s normal and this can happen to every one of my players. If I see they are not in good form, it’s normal. I have to make important decisions.
“I have a squad with 16 senior players and five young players. I have to make the best decision for the team. You talk about the future but everyday you talk about mine.
From now until the end, everyday my future is discussed.”