Morata scores as Chelsea beat Stoke City in a Premier League match


"I think every single player was important last season", he said.

Morata's opener against Stoke came on two minutes when he was put through by a long ball over the top.

With Kurt Zouma ineligible to face his parent club and Kevin Wimmer out injured, Stoke fielded a patched-up defence that included Glen Johnson as part of the back three.

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.

Chelsea have won eight of their last nine league away games (L1), their best run over a nine game period on the road since September 2009 when they also won eight and lost one.

"Now the player is okay and is ready to play in the Champions League".

Dean subsequently made himself even more unpopular with the home supporters as he dismissed Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's claims for a penalty after the forward went down in a tangle with Alonso's replacement Gary Cahill.

But Conte will be able to call upon the 23-year-old for Saturday's trip to Stoke after he suffered no ill-effects.

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Mark Hughes: "We've made catastrophic errors from the first minute".

They are without a win in their last four outings but their last home game delivered an impressive 2-2 draw against in-form Manchester United.

Now, Antonio Conte has been delivering some injury news on the Belgian and it might well be music to their ears. "Now we have to play three games and yes, there is the possibility to try to pick him for these games".

In the week it was confirmed Costa was set to rejoin Atletico Madrid, Morata looked more comfortable than ever in the role as his successor as Chelsea's main striker.

"Now it is very important to prepare".

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.

Morata has, however, justified that show of faith, with his hat-trick against Stoke further highlighting that he is capable of filling some big boots at Stamford Bridge.