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Chelsea Team: Antonio Conte names side to face Stoke, Eden Hazard benched

Chelsea Team: Antonio Conte names side to face Stoke, Eden Hazard benched”

The 24-year-old was sensational against Stoke City on Saturday, taking a flawless touch in the box from a long pass from Cesar Azpilicueta before lofting the ball over Jack Butland to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Of course, matching Costa's impact at Chelsea will not be easy.

Chelsea confirmed Costa's exit on Thursday and the Spaniard will formally join Atletico in January.

Crouch was perhaps fortunate only to see yellow for a high tackle on Fabregas, but the accolades will go to Morata, with his six goals and two assists from his first six top-flight games equalling Diego Costa's club record for goal involvements.

Hazard had made just three appearances off the bench for the Blues this season after breaking his ankle at the end of last term. "Now we have to play three games and yes, there is the possibility to try to pick him for these games". "For a striker that is very important".

'This means Stoke is a really good team, we must pay great attention tomorrow but we are preparing very well'.

Stoke have already beaten Arsenal and held Manchester United to a draw at home this season and Conte expects a stern test on Saturday.

"Pedro is fit for the game against Stoke on Saturday", said Conte.

Looking ahead at the season, the Belgium worldwide has identified four teams to challenge Chelsea for the title, but failed to name London rivals Tottenham, who finished second last term.

Hughes must also find a way to galvanise his side after two disappointing away defeats, at Newcastle United last weekend, then at Bristol City in the League Cup on Tuesday.

"It was very hard to win here".

Despite a convincing 4-0 win over Stoke, Antonio Conte was most pleased that his side never became complacent.

"You've got to look at yourself quickly and rectify mistakes. He's better than Harry Kane", they sang merrily, to the tune which was once tainted by false, anti-semitic references to Morata's supposed hatred of Tottenham.

"We've been good at home".

Pedro, 30, was forced off during last Sunday's goalless draw with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge after he was left unable to continue following a challenge from Gunners defender Nacho Monreal.



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