Antonio Conte was in a buoyant mood after seeing his Chelsea side put Manchester United to the sword on Sunday.

The Blues crushed their rivals 4-0 at Stamford Bridge to move into fourth position on the Premier League table on the back of a three-game winning streak which came following defeats to title contenders Liverpool and Arsenal.

Conte told Sky Sports: “It is very important because after two defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool, to two great teams, it was important for us.

“The players deserve this because I see everyday the commitment in the training sessions. We started very well, very strong and that is what I asked for before the game.

“I think we are improving – we must continue to work, we know we have a long way to go but I am satisfied for them and they deserved this type of game.”

He added: “They deserve this type of performance, this type of win.

“When you work very hard, it’s important to win. When you win you trust in your work.”