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Conte wants more from hat-trick hero Morata

Conte wants more from hat-trick hero Morata”

'He can improve, I hope to see him tomorrow [at Stoke] to say hello.

Chelsea continued to show there is life after Diego Costa with another Premier League victory at Stoke, with Alvaro Morata scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 win.

Pedro gave the Blues a two-goal cushion at the half-time interval, before Morata killed the game off late in the second half with two more goals to complete his treble.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is fit to play for Chelsea against Stoke City despite his involvement in a auto accident, while manager Antonio Conte now considers Eden Hazard ready to start Premier League games.

"I think he played very well and to score for a striker it is very important".

Chelsea resume their Champions League campaign in the Spanish capital on Wednesday, and Conte has challenged his side to replicate their fine display.

Stoke only managed two efforts on target throughout but had plenty of possession and looked increasingly unsafe after the interval as they looked to play a more direct style.

And the fourth goal was also made in Spain, Azpilicueta chesting the ball to Morata to slide in his hat-trick after a sumptuous pass by substitute Cesc Fabregas.

Morata scored three times with his feet here - the three Chelsea goals he had netted prior to this had all been headers.

However, Pedro Rodriguez extended the lead to 2-0 for the Blues in the 30th minute with a right footed strike from outside the box.

Fletcher should have got Stoke back into the game just after the 70-minute mark but he somehow headed wide from Xherdan Shaqiri's cross into the area. Again, to Chelsea's and Alonso's luck, Mike Dean did not pull out the card.

Hughes, who is set to restore several regular starters after making six changes for the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, may opt to deploy Glen Johnson or fellow full-back Erik Pieters alongside Bruno Martins Indi in central defence.

It's for that reason that the Chelsea faithful were collectively holding their breath when a collision with Gary Cahill left Thibaut Courtois motionless on the turf on Saturday afternoon.



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