Morata scores as Chelsea beat Stoke City in a Premier League match

Pedro limped out of the 0-0 draw with

Alvaro Morata continued his stunning start to life at Chelsea with a hat-trick as the Premier League champion sealed an impressive 4-0 victory away to Stoke City.

Diego Costa secured a long-awaited return to Atletico Madrid on Thursday after scoring 20 goals in Chelsea's two title-winning seasons in 2015 and 2017. Nearly notched another couple of goals in addition to his hat-trick.

"Don't forget in this stadium the crowd pushed a lot and I want to thank our fans because they helped the team a lot today". If they come out firing on all cylinders, the Blues are likely to score an early goal against a team that struggled to keep clean sheets.

Chelsea forward Pedro will return to Antonio Conte's squad for the trip to Stoke on Saturday while Tiemoue Bakayoko is available despite being involved in a vehicle accident on Thursday. Morata slotted in his opener after the hosts' makeshift defence - featuring two full-backs playing in central positions in Glen Johnson and Erik Pieters - was slow to react to a long ball forward.

Chelsea need a point in this game to reach 1800 Premier League points (currently 1799) - only Arsenal (1829) and Manchester United (2034) have more in the competition.

Alonso is crucial to Chelsea's game plan and Conte has no credible alternative, so his decision to replace him with Gary Cahill on the hour snuffed out the possibility of Alonso picking up another card and a costly suspension.

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Chelsea had a dream start in the second minute when Cesar Azpilicueta's wonderful 40-yard pass picked out the run of Morata and he controlled the ball before finishing past Jack Butland.

Stoke welcomes Chelsea at Bet365 Stadium hoping to maintain its invincibility at home (3:00 p.m UK Time).

Despite several high-profile departures from Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are just as strong as last season, says Willian. With or without him, Chelsea has so many options up front that the former champions are expected to take the initiative.

Mark Hughes: "We've made catastrophic errors from the first minute".

Crouch is ungainly, awkward and not very easy on the eye, but he is effective and Stoke probably need to use him more often.

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