Antonio Conte was delighted with the performance of Alvaro Morata as the Spaniard's hat-trick helped Chelsea to a dominant 4-0 win at Stoke City.
Morata's hat-trick takes the former Real Madrid forward onto six goals from as many Premier League appearances and will serve to stem any lingering doubts over the impact of Diego Costa's move back to Atletico Madrid. "We want to thank him for his efforts last season with us, but not only last season, in the whole period he played for Chelsea", the Italian tactician added.
Craig Burley takes to the touchscreen to dissect Alvaro Morata's vintage performance in Chelsea's 4-0 win at Stoke.
"Now he is involved totally in our style of football and our idea and he is very strong", Conte said.
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"Also I like that he's a good finisher, he "feels" the goal in every moment, he's very good and understanding which is the best position in the box to receive the ball, to understand where the ball is going", stressed Conte.
Bournemouth found themselves 1-0 up against Everton after Josh King's goal, but they left Goodison Park with nothing as Oumar Niasse scored twice late on to turn the game on its head.
"It's great he got a hat-trick". The Belgian played only the final 20 minutes on Saturday as Chelsea continue to manage his return to fitness from a broken ankle, but Conte suggested that his star winger is now ready to make a significant contribution in huge matches against Atletico Madrid and Manchester City this week. "After a bad injury and surgery you need time but I think he is showing that he's ready".
"I think he's a good signing for Chelsea because Alvaro is only 24-years-old".
"The most important thing and that we won because it's always hard to know how things will go, we must think about the Champions League as well".