Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Costa who? Alvaro Morata scores stunning hat trick in Chelsea rout

Costa who? Alvaro Morata scores stunning hat trick in Chelsea rout

Now it's important to rest well and prepare for another game against Atletico Madrid.

Tottenham led 3-1 at that stage and had it not been for Aurier, they would have seen the game out much more comfortably.

Hazard had made just three appearances off the bench for the Blues this season after breaking his ankle at the end of last term.

Alonso could have had no complaints had he been shown a second yellow, but Conte was not prepared to take any chances with Chelsea due to face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge next Saturday.

Palace are the only team without a goal in Europe's five major divisions this season after a sixth straight top-flight defeat, and the scale of the task facing the recently appointed Roy Hodgson is thrown into a stark light by a fixture list that places Manchester United and Chelsea next on their agenda. A good test, a good challenge for us, for all my squad'.

Pedro will play despite limping out of the Arsenal clash with an ankle injury.

Conte, however, urged Morata to add aggression to his game.

For Stoke boss Mark Hughes, the concerns are two-fold ahead of Saturday's game.

Stoke City have a selection dilemma in defence, with Kevin Wimmer (thigh) at risk of joining Kurt Zouma (ineligible), Ryan Shawcross (back) and Geoff Cameron (thigh) on the sidelines. "It's a hard place to come, but we won and now we can look ahead to the Champions League".

Craig Burley takes to the touchscreen to dissect Alvaro Morata's vintage performance in Chelsea's 4-0 win at Stoke.

At times, though, Stoke were guilty of overplaying and they were far too easy for Chelsea to deal with.

Having been frustrated in a goalless draw with Arsenal last time out in the Premier League, the champions wasted no time in asserting their authority at the bet365 Stadium - Morata opening the scoring inside two minutes before compatriot Pedro got in on the act.

"You need character away from home and stand up and be counted, but it's in the past now".

"We've been good at home. We must pay great attention but we are ready and want to do our best". The win sent Pep Guardiola's side to the top of the EPL log with a superior goal difference over United.

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