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

'Diego Costa without attitude' - Alvaro Morata era dawns at Chelsea

'Diego Costa without attitude' - Alvaro Morata era dawns at Chelsea

Antonio Conte's side emphatically dispatched Qarabag 6-0 in the opening group stage game and now sit top of Group C. The Azerbaijani may be the whipping boys of the group, but Chelsea have also shown their class in the Premier League, picking up wins against the likes of Tottenham, Everton, Leicester and, most recently, Stoke.

Barcelona's summer-long pursuit of Brazil worldwide Coutinho left the Merseyside club with a hard decision to make, and they ultimately opted to hang on to him and risk the backlash from denying a player his dream move.

"We made the worst possible start and at 2-0 Chelsea do what they do".

It's finally happening. Diego Costa is to return to his beloved Atletico, three years after leaving to join Chelsea.

"Alvaro don't forget, in his previous experience, didn't play a lot at Juventus or at Real Madrid", Conte said.

The report claims that Costa could be unveiled ahead of Chelsea's visit to Atletico's new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for a Champions League clash on Wednesday (27 September).

"I'm very glad that my friend is back here and now we welcome him in the best possible way". But the Hammers, three goals down, battled back into a game that showcased both sides of Jan Vertonghen - striding forward to keep Spurs on the front foot earlier on and then leading the defensive resistance as late crosses began to fly in.

So far so good for Álvaro Morata, as he attempts to become the next great Chelsea striker, not just this season or next, but, as Antonio Conte prognosticated, for the next decade.

Sometimes outscoring opponents works, as it did today, however the "you score four, we'll score five" plan doesn't work every week.

"I'm working with my players and very happy to work with these players".

Chelsea look to have started off the defence of their Premier League title steadily. "They know who I am".

For his part, Costa has insisted he feels "no bitterness" with anyone at Chelsea after his exit was sealed. Morata and him are linking up very well which is a surprise, but a nice surprise. "I am pleased with the team also because it means we are creating chances for our strikers".

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