Morata hits hat-trick as Chelsea floor Stoke

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Costa sealed a loan move to former club Atletico Madrid from Chelsea on Thursday with view to a permanent £57.1m transfer to the La Liga outfit at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Antonio Conte's side took the lead after only two minutes, Morata showing composure to latch on to Cesar Azpilicueta's long ball over the top and slotting it past goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Chelsea scored from their only two shots in the first half, Morata putting them in front after just 82 seconds before fellow Spain global Pedro netted his second goal in his last three games.

Chelsea come up against Stoke who have recently held Manchester United at the Britannia and will be looking to do the same for Chelsea.

"Obviously had Kurt been available then we would have been able to manage, but as it stands we are down to just one senior defender, Bruno Martins Indi".

These are two players with good prospects.

Maxim Choupo-Moting, already a cult hero in The Potteries, showed some neat touches but Hughes' irritable mood - he was told to calm down by the fourth official at one stage - wasn't helped when Chelsea added a second goal on 30 minutes.

Mame Diouf went close for the hosts with an acrobatic effort just before half-time while on the other side of the break the same player slid another shot narrowly wide following a knockdown from substitute Peter Crouch.

Stoke fans were living when Marcos Alonso almost took a second yellow card in the 53rd minute, let off the hook by Mike Dean.

Another young player Conte hopes will make a big impact this season is France worldwide Kurt Zouma, who is on loan at the Potters and not eligible to play this weekend.

Stoke threatened briefly through Shaqiri but he fired straight at Thibaut Courtois after cutting in from the right. 2 cracking finishes from Morata.

Chelsea wrapped up victory with 12 minutes remaining thanks to more awful Stoke defending and another fine Morata finish.

Can Alvaro Morata do it on a wet and windy afternoon in Stoke?

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