The Brazil international wasn’t part of Conte’s match-day squad for the visit of the reigning Premier League champions in Saturday’s early kick-off after his mother lost her two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.
Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Eden Hazard celebrated their first-half goals by holding their fingers up to indicate number 22, which is the South American winger’s shirt number at the west London club.
Speaking to Sky Sports following his side’s impressive 3-0 win against the Premier League champions, Conte lifted the lid on Chelsea’s team spirit as the Blues rallied behind Willian after his heartbreaking loss.
“Willian is a fantastic guy and he deserves this on the part of the players. We are a team and we want to become a family. I want to dedicate this to Willian and his family as in this moment he is very sad. We are all sad,” said Conte.
Chelsea have earned 16 points from a possible 24 after eight Premier League games in the 2016-17 season so far.
Conte has masterminded victories over West Ham United, Watford, Burnley, Hull City and Leicester in the Premier League since taking over from Guus Hiddink in the summer.
The Blues will host Manchester United in their next Premier League game on Sunday 23 October.
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