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

Esther Moore
Сентября 24, 2017

Morata then struck twice in five minutes late on to add some gloss to a scoreline that reflected harshly on Stoke.

Speaking after the match, Conte said that the club doctors had informed him that he was okay for Chelsea's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid midweek.

What they saidStoke boss Mark Hughes: "When you go up against a side of the quality of Chelsea, or any side in fairness, you've got to make sure you don't have catastrophic defensive moments and we had at least three, which is always going to make it hard". 'We won the league and it is was a big surprise and also reached the final of the FA Cup, so for this reason every single player performed in a fantastic way last season and I want to thank every player who played'.

The Spain worldwide was brought in as a replacement for Costa, who was informed by Conte in June that he was free to leave the club and has this this week travelled to Madrid to finalise a return to Atletico Madrid. I expect Conte to name the same team except Rudiger will come in for Cahill and Christensen will replace the suspended Luiz.

While City rained goals at the Etihad Stadium; crushing Crystal Palace 5-0, Manchester United had it tougher; managing a lone goal win away to Southampton. Nearly notched another couple of goals in addition to his hat-trick.

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The hosts recovered from the early setback but their bright attacking play offered few chances against a resolute Chelsea defence, who watched on as Pedro pounced on an under-hit back-pass from Potters captain Darren Fletcher and doubled their lead with an unstoppable curling effort into the bottom corner.

In an already competitive race to be the division's top scorer, Morata joined Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku on six goals from as many games.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes that Chelsea will miss out on the "dark arts" brought by Diego Costa after the forward completed his protracted move to Atletico Madrid.

Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea makes a save during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 17, 2017 in London, England. The most positive news, though, is Conte hinting towards Eden Hazard being finally picked in the starting lineup after easing him in post-injury.

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