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Hughes Plots Stoke Shocker Against Chelsea Despite Depleted Defence Line

24 September 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "I think Alvaro played very well and he took his goals very well, which for a striker is very important".

Alvaro Morata scored his first Premier League hat trick as part of a dominant display as Chelsea punished mistake-ridden Stoke City 4-0 at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Stoke stayed in the game until Morata finished them off with goals in the 77th and 82nd minutes, first dinking the ball over Butland and then tapping in to take his season's tally to six. We've been good at home.

"Costa was brilliant at taking it up to the line and then stepping back, affecting opposition teams", former striker Hughes told reporters before Stoke welcome Chelsea in the league on Saturday.

But Morata took his next chance very, very well, forcing a turnover and racing past Fletcher before making a hard finish look simple.

They are extremely unlikely to pick up any points in these three games which would leave the south Londoners at the bottom of the table with eight games played, zero points and, in truth, zero goals scored. A really good performance.

A last-ditch Stoke clearance stopped substitute Eden Hazard's cross-shot from finding Morata, but the 24-year-old was not to be denied his hat-trick. "We want to fight in every competition we are playing".

Stoke midfielder Darren Fletcher said: "We've got to learn from it quickly because we've got big games coming up".

What they saidStoke boss Mark Hughes: "When you go up against a side of the quality of Chelsea, or any side in fairness, you've got to make sure you don't have catastrophic defensive moments and we had at least three, which is always going to make it hard".

"That said, I thought we stuck at it, even though we made the worst possible start by allowing them to score an easy goal so early on from a routine ball over the top".

Hughes Plots Stoke Shocker Against Chelsea Despite Depleted Defence Line