Morata Hat-Trick Edges Chelsea Closer To Arsenal's Premier League Record

The 24-year-old Spaniard has three goals (all headers, coincidentally) and two assists to his name already but his manager stressed the forward isn't just about goals as he is polite and committed too.

Alvaro Morata admits he's "very happy" with his partnership with Cesar Azpilicueta after scoring a hat-trick in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

Mark Hughes blasts referee Mike Dean for failing to send off Marcos Alonso in Stoke City's heavy 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. "Don't forget we won together last season".

City went in front shortly before half-time when Leroy Sane converted after a one-two with David Silva.

The west London side will then host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League next weekend.

Six teams for the title?

Jese, who scored an impressive debut victor against Arsenal last month, was anonymous against Chelsea and it wasn't until Peter Crouch entered the action midway through the second half that Stoke began to hurt the champions. Their loss to Stoke came under Jose Mourinho's disastrous last season at the club.

"It's just the beginning". I am also pleased about this.

Hazard's absence was most sorely felt last week, where Chelsea were expected to dismantle an Arsenal team in a similar fashion to which Liverpool did a few weeks earlier.

Frank Sinclair feels that Alvaro Morata has shown he has a bit of everything during his time at Chelsea so far.

Morata, signed as a replacement for Diego Costa, was tasked by Conte with repeating his scoring feats over the course of the season.

Chelsea again, against the run of play grabbed number three through the blistering pace of Morata on 78 minutes.

"It was a really good performance from Alvaro".

Antonio Conte's side are looking imperious in defence, have a wonderful blend of steel and creativity in the midfield and attacking third whilst star striker Morata has hit the ground running in England.

"I think we have to be focused at what we do and not others", added the Italian. "We want to fight in every competition we are playing".

"He is so humble, he keeps all the values that managers like me appreciate a lot".

Kurt Zouma can't play against his parent club because of the Premier League loan rules, Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron are injured while Kevin Wimmer struggles with a hamstring injury.

The only three-way moneyline where each side is less than 2/1 for the outright win involves winless (and goal-less) Crystal Palace (+190) at home against Southampton (+150, +215 draw).

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