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Manchester United and Manchester City remain on top of Premier League table after winning their games against Crystal Palace and Southampton this week. Chelsea remain 3rd as a result of the 0-4 win over Stoke City on Saturday evening, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Watford who are chasing the Blues (11 points each).

West Ham and Leicester City are both struggling to earn points, while Stoke City and Swansea remain with 5 points. A comeback win for Everton, who are climbing up the table as they reached the 14th spot.

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“Our fans were fantastic today” Chelsea manage Antonio Conte claimed speaking after the game at Britannia Stadium against Stoke City yesterday evening.

“They pushed the team a lot in every moment of the game, and in this stadium where the home crowd push a lot”.

Chelsea fans also changed lyrics to the previous anti-Semitic song regarding striker Morata, who scored an hat-trick against the Potters“Alvaro, Alvaro…he comes from sunny Spain, he’s better than Harry Kane.” is the new song, really appreciated by both club and the Spaniard.

“I want to thank the fans because they helped the team today – Conte added – I am pleased also because there was a good change to the Morata song”.

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More from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. The Italian manager reflected on his decision to pick-up wing-back Marcos Alonso during the game, after praising Man of the Match Alvaro Morata for his sensational hat-trick.

“Alonso was a tactical substitution because I saw Mark Hughes was about to bring on Peter Crouch. – Conte said – I remember last season we always suffered against him and for this reason, I preferred to reinforce the defence with Cahill and play Azpilicueta as wing-back”.

Marcos Alonso had been previously booked after committing two fouls in quick succession: “He never risked taking a second yellow card. – Conte stated- The person who risked a lot was Peter Crouch with a bad tackle”.

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes his side will bounce back from their last disappointing defeat ata Britannia Stadium against Chelsea.

“They will be delighted with a 4-0 score. It has flattered them somewhat. – Conte said – We made too many mistakes against a team who can exploit that. Defensive errors took it away from us.

“We were tested a little bit when it comes to personnel. Today we were missing five centre-backs. Circumstances meant that we weren’t getting anything out of it.”

Also Kurt Zouma was a missing defender as he was not allowed to feature due to loan rules.

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Alvaro Morata was clearly the man of the match after netting a hat-trick in the last game against Stoke City at Britannia Stadium.

“The most important thing is that we won – the Spaniard said after the game – It’s always difficult to make predictions before the game starts and we have to be also focused on Champions League”.

“Today the game was good, we managed to scored, we’ve been very cynical”. 

Morata has scored 6 times in 7 games with Chelsea so far, replacing properly Diego Costa, will join Atletico Madrid in January.

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Chelsea were dominant through the whole game as they beat Stoke City with 4 goals at Britannia Stadium. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring after just 1’ with a superb finish from a close range. Great cross from Azpilicueta, who will provide an assist for Morata’s third goal in the second period. Stoke City suffered their lack of centre-backs as Pedro found the net and doubled the score with a brilliant right-footed shot, taking advantage of a mistake in the Potters’ midfield.

In the second half the hosts went close to reducing their gap three times with Joe Allen, Diouf and Steven Fletcher before Morata stopped the delay with two brilliant goals. An unstoppable run for the 0-3, then the Spaniard brilliantly linked-up with compatriots Fabregas and Azpilicueta to grab his first hat-trick since he joined the Blues in summer.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso (Cahill 58), Willian (Hazard 72), Morata, Pedro (Fabregas 68).
Unused subs Caballero, Zappocosta, Musonda, Batshuayi.
Scorers Morata 2, 78, 82, Pedro 30
Booked 
Alonso 51, Kante 56

Stoke (3-4-3): Butland; Johnson, Martins Indi (Afellay 76), Pieters; Diouf, Fletcher (c), Allen, Ramadan; Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting, Jese (Crouch 60).
Unused subs Grant; Berahino, Tymon, Adam, Souttar.
Booked 
Shaqiri 49, Crouch 89.

Referee Mike Dean
Crowd 29,661

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Official line-ups of Chelsea and Stoke City have been confirmed: Morata starts, Zouma out due to loan rules.

Stoke City – Butland; Johnson, Martins Indi, Pieters; Diouf, Fletcher, Allen, Ramadan; Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting; Jese

Subs:  Grant; Berahino, Tymon, Afellay, Adam, Crouch, Souttar

Manager: Mark Hughes

Chelsea – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Pedro, Morata

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Musonda, Hazard, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Kick-Off: 3PM BST

Venue: Britannia Stadium

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Stoke City defender Kurt Zouma, who’s enjoying a loan spell from Chelsea this campaign, has admitted he wants the Potters to beat the Premier League champions at the bet365 Stadium today.

The defender won’t face the Blues due to loan rule: “It will be weird but I am a Stoke City player so I hope we win this game – Zouma said – I’m very happy because I play a lot of matches, but I can’t be happy if we lose. I am only happy if the team is winning and doing well.”

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Chelsea development squad are struggling as Joe Edward’s men earned only 6 points in 7 games so far, level on points with Derby County and Manchester City in 6th place.

Leicester City won a crucial game against the Blues at Holmes Park with goals from George Thomas and starlet Ahmed Musa.

Liverpool remain top of the league with 18 points, 6 wins and no defeats suffered in a great start to the season.

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Former Chelsea captain and club’s legend John Terry showed gratitude as he called Diego Costa ‘an unavailable player and one of the nicest and funniest guys’ in football world.

“Good Luck Diego Costa in your next journey my friend, – he posted on Instagram – An unbelievable player and one of the nicest and funniest guys I have met in football, playing against him in training and games was an absolute nightmare, one of the best and underrated players I have played with and against”.

“He gave everything for our club every time he wore a Chelsea shirt and was a born winner. Going to miss you mate. Good luck to you and your family.”

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