Alvaro Morata scores hat-trick as Chelsea thump Stoke City 4-0

Alvaro Morata scores hat-trick as Chelsea thump Stoke City 4-0

Alvaro Morata scores hat-trick as Chelsea thump Stoke City 4-0

With a tough trip to Spain to take on Atletico Madrid coming up on Wednesday, Conte faces a decision whether to start the 26-year-old or not against Diego Simeone's men - something he will only do if the Belgium global is "ready".

After making his first start of the season in the League Cup last week, the Belgium global was again named as a substitute for Chelsea's 4-0 Premier League win over Stoke City on Saturday as he continues to recover from a fractured ankle.

Stoke-on-Trent - Alvaro Morata will approach Chelsea's Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid next week in top form after his hat-trick inspired his side to a 4-0 win at Stoke City. It means we create chances for our strikers.

"He's very young, only 24 years, and I think this is important for Chelsea".

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Speaking at his post-match news conference, Conte said: "Alvaro performed very well".

I think Eden is improving a lot and in contention for the game (in Madrid).

"This league is not easy, above all for the strikers because during the game there is a lot of physical contact, and you must be prepared for this type of game because referees don't whistle a lot and that's good for the game".

"He adapted very well to this league, now he needs to continue to work because he has only just started down this path".

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The Belgium playmaker made his third Premier League substitute appearance of the season at Stoke, following his recovery from a broken ankle, having completed 90 minutes in the 5-1 EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest.

"After a bad injury and surgery you need time. You must know that when you are in a great team, there are many players, you must be ready to play, to start", Conte explained.

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