Mark Hughes: Chelsea will miss Diego Costa's 'dark arts'
Sep 24 2017
It was further strained over the summer with the player - having initially been granted an additional summer break after being told he could leave the club - ending up in exile in Brazil.
While Costa's sale to Atletico Madrid will ease the worry lines on Antonio Conte's forehead, any fears over the wisdom of that £57 million deal will disappear with Morata in this form.
Spanish striker Alvaro Morata again displayed a good quality scoring the first goal for Antonio Conte's men in the 2nd minute of the encounter.
"I think now his injury has been overcome".
Chelsea's head of communications, Steve Atkins, also confirmed that Morata was pleased with the change: 'We spoke to Alvaro after the game, he was grateful too that they changed it'. While that doesn't necessarily guarantee them success (if Pedro converts his chance, we're probably looking at a very different game), it does add to the feeling that tactical tweaks may be required for consistent continued success this season.
Morata returns to Madrid this week with Chelsea facing Atletico in the Champions League, so what better place to display his current form?
Though, it was worrying for Chelsea fans and football fans in general when news filtered out that the player had been involved in a crash.
Asked if Morata needed to show more anger, Conte replied: "This is a process for him". 'We won the league and it is was a big surprise and also reached the final of the FA Cup, so for this reason every single player performed in a fantastic way last season and I want to thank every player who played'.
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With Kurt Zouma ineligible to face his parent club and Kevin Wimmer out injured, Stoke fielded a patched-up defence that included Glen Johnson as part of the back three.
Hughes said: "When you go up against a side of the quality of Chelsea, or any side in fairness, you've got to make sure you don't have catastrophic defensive moments and we had at least three, which is always going to make it hard".