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Conte, Chelsea fans sing Morata’s praises

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Perfec­t outing as Blues suppor­ters additionally amend anti-Semiti­c track on hat-trick hero’s reques­t

PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

STOKE-ON-TRENT: Alvaro Morata will strategy Chelsea’s Champions League journey to Atletico Madrid subsequent week in high kind after his hat-trick impressed his facet to a Four-Zero win at Stoke Metropolis.

Morata struck 3 times on the wager365 Stadium on Saturday to take his Chelsea tally to seven objectives in six video games since his close-season transfer from Atletico’s native rivals Actual Madrid.

There was additionally aid, for Morata and supervisor Antonio Conte, that Chelsea’s followers dropped a controversial chant concerning the Spain striker that contained an anti-Semitic reference to rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

“Our followers have been unbelievable as we speak and so they pushed so much the staff in each second of the sport,” stated Conte, whose facet observe their journey to Spain with a house recreation in opposition to Manchester Metropolis subsequent weekend. “On this stadium the group push so much and I need to thank our followers as a result of I repeat they helped so much the staff as we speak. It was nice additionally to alter it (the track). I’m additionally happy about this.”

Concerning his in-form striker, the previous Juve boss added: “I feel Alvaro carried out very effectively. He scored a hat-trick and for our strikers it’s crucial. It means we created probabilities for our strikers to take, however I’m happy for his efficiency and I’m happy for the efficiency of the staff.”

Morata had beforehand requested Chelsea’s followers to not sing the track about him and so they responded by dreaming up a unique chant in his honour.

He opened the scoring after simply 81 seconds and added two extra objectives within the second half after Pedro had punished Darren Fletcher’s error to make it 2-Zero.

“It’s not simple to win away in opposition to Stoke. This recreation is at all times tough,” added Conte, whose facet path leaders Manchester Metropolis and Manchester United by three factors. “I keep in mind very effectively final season after we struggled so much to win and we additionally gained on the finish of the sport. As we speak we began very effectively after which we began to undergo and it was necessary to not lose our composure, to at all times keep within the recreation.”

Conte confirmed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had suffered no ill-effects from a heavy touchdown on his neck in the course of the second half and will probably be match to face his former membership Atletico.

Stoke supervisor Mark Hughes had no such consolation after he noticed his facet undone by horrible defensive errors, then reported his centre-back disaster might lengthen into subsequent week’s dwelling recreation in opposition to Southampton.

Hughes can have Kurt Zouma accessible after the Chelsea defender was prevented from taking part in in opposition to Conte’s males by the phrases of his mortgage to Stoke.

However Bruno Martins Indi, the one central defender who was accessible to begin in opposition to Chelsea, has joined Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Kevin Wimmer on the injured listing after limping off with a groin drawback.

Hughes stated: “There have been extenuating circumstances with our difficulties with personnel on the again and with Bruno coming off. We’ve bought Kurt again subsequent week, however all of the others are out so we might battle once more subsequent week.”

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