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Morata hits hat-trick as Chelsea sink Stoke

Morata hits hat-trick as Chelsea sink Stoke

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says that their 4-0 win at Stoke wasn't easy despite the scoreline and added that his side must rest ahead of another busy week.

Spanish striker Alvaro Morata scored two more goals for Chelsea in the 77th and 82nd minute as the Blues won 4-0 at the Bet365 Stadium.

There was even a more tasteful new chant from the travelling Chelsea fans to serenade their new hero, with the 3,200 fans claiming "he comes from sunny Spain, he's better than Harry Kane".

"We started well and scored early. But I think because of the money they have spent they are the favourites".

Morata returns to Madrid this week with Chelsea facing Atletico in the Champions League, so what better place to display his current form? Marcos Alsonso received a needless yellow card for a challenge on the halfway line five minutes in.

The Premier League champions have had their squad picked apart over the summer, mostly due to Antonio Conte's eagerness to chop and change after winning the title. We were very much in the game until we lost another centre-back - Bruno Martins Indi -that's our whole senior contingent of centre-backs missing through injuries now.

Chelsea remain three points behind leaders Manchester City, who they play at Stamford Bridge in what could be one of the season's formative games next Saturday.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes the departure of Diego Costa will be a huge loss for Chelsea who will miss the striker's goals and aggression. "'They won against Arsenal and drew with Manchester United which means they are a really good team".

"We may have to ride our luck at times, just as you always do in these games, but we have done well in our last two home fixtures and we want that to continue this weekend".

With the former England forward leading the frontline, Stoke became more direct and began to ask questions of the Chelsea defence, but it was too late.

Conte said: "We are a great club, for this reason, every competition is important to us". He's playing very well and it's a pleasure for me to see him play regularly in this way.

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