Chelsea star Morata must continue scintillating form - Conte

"I am pleased for his performance and pleased for the performance of the team".

The Spain worldwide then completed his hat-trick eight minutes from the end, with Azpilicueta teeing him up once more and the striker picking out the back of the net. It means we create chances for our strikers. However, last season, Chelsea went on a 13-game winning streak and took advantage of both Manchester clubs falling away.

"We have been looking forward to the Chelsea game, they are a team full of extraordinary players", Simeone said. You could be snobbish and say this was new Stoke going back to old Stoke but the fact remained that they looked far more risky when pumping up the ball to the big man.

"Today we started very well and then we started to suffer and it was important not to lose our composure, to always stay in the game".

Traditionally there haven't been a lot of goals in their matches with a scroll through their timeline showing a lot of 1-1 or 1-0 results.

While Morata is quickly cementing a standing as the new darling of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have sanctioned the sale of Costa to Atletico Madrid and he will embark on a second spell with the La Liga giants from January. It looked concerning for a minute with Marcos Alonso, who did not endear himself to the local crowd who were thus pressuring the referee into harsh decisions.

'I preferred to reinforce our defensive line with Gary Cahill and to move Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) to wing-back'.

Afterwards, Conte explained this away as a tactical decision.

Azpilicuta was called into action three minutes later, this time his dfensive duties were required as he hacked away Mame Diouf, goal-bound shot.

But West Ham's Javier Hernandez and Cheikhou Kouyate sandwiched goals around Serge Aurier's dismissal for a second yellow card to make things uneasy for the visitors.

The only other piece of team news regards David Luiz and the defender will continue to serve his three-game suspension after being sent off last week but the Brazilian worldwide may have missed out anyway due to a broke wrist. Fortunately, Fàbregas escaped without any major damage.

Chelsea's only significant period of discomfort at the bet365 Stadium came immediately following the introduction of Peter Crouch, and Thibaut Courtois had to receive lengthy treatment for a head injury after landing awkwardly as he attempted to claim the ball above the striker. He seemed mostly concerned about his neck and was also probably not wanting to risk any movement until he knew it was safe to do so.

He said: "I spoke to the doctor before the final substitution and I asked if he was okay, his answer was that he was".

Conte also bared his mind on the exit of Diego Costa who got his wish to rejoin Atletico Madrid after being ostracized from the team.

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