Victor Moses retained his starter’s spot ahead of Chelsea new boy Davide Zappacosta on Saturday against Stoke City in the EPL, but it was another new signing, Alvaro Morata who stole the headlines.
Morata notched up a hat-trick; his first for the Blues, while Pedro was the other goalscorer the at the Bet365 stadium in Chelsea’s 4-0 win.
Morata’s name was once again ringing out from the away end in the second half, just as it had at Leicester a couple of weeks ago, only this time the words were far more palatable, suggesting that the striker is better than Harry Kane rather than a crude reference to “Yids”.
Time will tell whether Morata can score as prolifically as Kane in the Premier League but on what we have seen so far the 24-year-old will give the England international a run for his money when it comes to the golden boot. Morata’s second here was particularly special and he could easily have ended up with four or five.
Pedro scored the other goal in a comfortable Chelsea victory that provided good preparation for a crucial week with Conte’s players traveling to Atlético Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday and take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge three days later.
Chelsea, who converted all four of their shots on target, remain in third place, three points behind leaders Manchester City, who beat Crystal Palace 5-0.
Moses played the duration of the game for Chelsea, his third this season.