Antonio Conte reacts to Alvaro Morata’s display for Chelsea at Stoke
Antonio Conte heaps praise on Alvaro Morata after his hat-trick in Chelsea's 4-0 victory over Stoke
Antonio Conte lavished praise on Alvaro Morata after his hat-trick helped to fire Chelsea to an impressive 4-0 win over Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Spanish striker continued his fine start to life at Stamford Bridge by netting a treble to add to Pedro Rodriguez’s goal at the bet365 Stadium to hand Chelsea the three points.
Morata joined the west London club from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window and he has now scored six goals in six Premier League appearances for Conte’s men.
The 24-year-old has showed that he has had no problems in adapting to the rigours of the Premier League after he helped to lift Chelsea up into third place in the Premier League table.
And Conte was delighted by how Morata performed for the Blues against Mark Hughes’ men on Saturday afternoon against the Potter.
Speaking at his post-match news conference, Conte said: “Alvaro performed very well.
“He scored a hat-trick and for a striker this is very important, and don’t forget the last game it happened the same with Batshuayi. It means we create chances for our strikers.
“I am pleased for his performance and the performance of the team. It is not easy to win away games against Stoke, this game is always difficult.
“I remember very well last season when we struggled a lot to win and we won at the end of the game.”
Chelsea now return to Champions League action on Wednesday night when they take on Atletico Madrid in Spain.
The Blues, who won the Premier League title in Conte’s first campaign at the club last term, kicked off their European campaign with an impressive 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.