Chelsea Takes on Injury Ridden Stoke in the Premier League

I think Alvaro played very well.

Morata's second was even better as he picked up the ball on the left, drove past two Stoke defenders, and curled the shot into the far corner from a tight angle in the 77th. He is a very polite player and I like this and also I like that he is a good finisher and he feels goals in every moment.

For his second, Morata exploited an error by Glen Johnson near the halfway line to outpace his pursuers and dink the ball clinically over Butland from a tight angle on 77 minutes before completing his hat-trick five minutes later on the stretch after good work from Cesar Azpilicueta.

"I think they've got more sendings off in the opening five or six games as in the whole of a year ago", he said.

Hughes said Stoke face the prospect of hosting champions Chelsea with just one centre back available for selection.

They have an nearly telepathic understanding with one another, with "Dave" as he is popularly known at Chelsea creating both Morata's goals.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is fit to play for Chelsea against Stoke City despite his involvement in a vehicle accident, while manager Antonio Conte now considers Eden Hazard ready to start Premier League games. Going up against a top side like Chelsea, you've got to be bang at it.

The Blues spent big to lure the Spain worldwide away from Real Madrid once the decision was taken to move in a different direction.

The player has been suffering from injury for the past couple of months and returned to the side in the Carabao Cup win in midweek.

It was a similar scenario to last season, with both City and United leading the way early on. Mark Hughes, though, has plenty of options at the back as Stoke look to take another scalp at the Bet365 Stadium.

Hazard, 26, made his first start of the campaign in the Blues' 5-1 win over Championship outfit Nottingham Forest on Wednesday after making three appearances from the substitutes' bench in the Premier League and Champions League.

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