In-Form Morata Bags Hat-Trick To Lead Chelsea Past Stoke
English Premier League Report: Stoke City v Chelsea 23 September 2017
English Premier League
Result: Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea
Date: 23 September 2017
Venue: Bet365 Stadium
Alvaro Morata continued his fine start to life in the Premier league as he netted a hat-trick to help Chelsea claim a 4-0 win over Stoke City.
The former Real Madrid striker returned to the starting line-up, while Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi dropped to the bench.
Antonio Conte's charges went ahead in the second minute of the match through Alvaro Morata from the edge of the box following an assist from Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Potters showed signs of coming back around the 20 minutes mark with Xherdan Shaqiri coming close but was denied by Thibaut Courtois.
However, Pedro Rodriguez extended the lead to 2-0 for the Blues in the 30th minute with a right footed strike from outside the box.
Mame Biram Diouf could have pulled a goal back for Mark Hughes' side with five minutes before the halftime break but his shot from the centre of the box missed agonisingly wide.
Diouf had another chance in the 58th minute but missed on the right side of the six yard box with the net gaping.
Morata scored his second goal of the match to make it 3-0 in the 76th minute with a shot inside the six-yard box following an assist from Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Morata completed his hat-trick in the 82nd minute with a low close finish inside the box towards the bottom right corner, 4-0.
The Blues passed the ball around in the closing minutes to round off a convincing win.