Alvaro Morata follows Eden Hazard's orders to help Chelsea thrash Stoke City

Lynette Rowe
September 24, 2017

And Morata then made it six goals in as many Premier League appearances for Chelsea as he sealed his hat-trick with eight minutes remaining.

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Although the finish was simple, the striker exhibited his fine movement off the ball five minutes later as he slipped his marker to find space to tap in Azpilicueta's knockdown, the fourth time Morata's global teammate has assisted him this season.

On Saturday Conte's words were more prosaic but equally heartfelt.

"Now he has to continue this way to be a great striker".

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The Potters have won only two of their last 18 Premier League matches against the Blues, with Chelsea winning 13 of them. For this reason he is at the right age to have this type of responsibility.

"I think if you look at Costa, he was brilliant at it in terms of really taking it up to the edge, then stepping back, but affecting opposition teams". He is a very polite player. [It was] a really good performance. It means if you have a daughter you'd be open to have this type of person with your daughter, to marry your daughter! "Don't touch my daughter because I'm jealous!"

"I have had the possibility to give a chance for the young players from our academy". "We won the title, maybe it was a big surprise, and also to reached the final of the FA Cup".

Whatever combination of attackers Conte chooses to use, for the first time all season he has the ability to pick the best attacking trio that he would want to.

Chelsea took the lead early on through Kenedy, with Michy Batshuayi's hat-trick a highlight on an evening that also saw youngster Charly Musonda get his name on the scoresheet.

Alonso is crucial to Chelsea's game plan and Conte has no credible alternative, so his decision to replace him with Gary Cahill on the hour snuffed out the possibility of Alonso picking up another card and a costly suspension.

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