Morata scores hat-trick as Chelsea thump Stoke 4-0

Paola Ditto
Settembre 23, 2017

With Costa now in the rear-view mirror for both Conte and Chelsea, focus has turned to the future and that firmly lies with Morata - who has already made an impression at Stamford Bridge following his £58m move from Real Madrid.

With Chelsea facing the prospect of three games in seven days, Conte knows he will have to rotate his squad and believes he is now able to call on Hazard from the start, rather than manage him carefully from the bench.

Today's fixture is the first of three big matches in the space of a week for Antonio Conte's side, with a trip to Atletico Madrid to follow in the Champions League on Wednesday, before we entertain Manchester City next Saturday. "We want to thank him for his efforts last season with us, but not only last season, in the whole period he played for Chelsea", the Italian tactician added.

"You need character away from home and stand up and be counted, but it's in the past now". They have many strong players and they work very hard off the ball, it will be tough'.

Morata scored his second goal of the match to make it 3-0 in the 76th minute with a shot inside the six-yard box following an assist from Tiemoue Bakayoko. We've got to look to Chelsea, pick ourselves up, learn from this and go again.

Kurt Zouma will not be taking to the field for Stoke as he is ineligible to play against his parent club.

"We've been good at home". 'We've improved a lot since the first game and we are playing really well.

Conte will also have Pedro, the Spanish forward, available to him, as well as PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard. We are working very well and I'm pleased with the commitment and behaviour of my players.

The Blues are aiming to defend their Premier League title this season while also launching a bid to win the Champions League.

Despite being asked what qualities he admired in the Brazilian born striker, Conte stressed that any questions pertaining to Costa lacked "respect" as he said, via the Telegraph: "I repeat now: I'm not interested to talk about the past".

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