Conte tells Morata to stop playing like a gentleman


Antonio Conte's side emphatically dispatched Qarabag 6-0 in the opening group stage game and now sit top of Group C. The Azerbaijani may be the whipping boys of the group, but Chelsea have also shown their class in the Premier League, picking up wins against the likes of Tottenham, Everton, Leicester and, most recently, Stoke.

His identikit for the ultimate performer also includes the vision of Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas, Cristiano Ronaldo's power and the off-the-ball movement of Ronaldo's Real Madrid front-partner Karim Benzema.

The Spaniard is the first Blue to net a treble in the Premier League since Diego Costa in September 2014, and showed there is life in Chelsea yet, a day after his worldwide team-mate sealed his £58 million (S$105.4 million) move to Atletico.

"Now he has to continue this way to be a great striker", said the Italian.

"I repeat, for sure, we want to thank him for his effort last season with us, but not only last season but in the period he played for Chelsea". "You have to replace him and I think the club were very patient in the market and found the right player that they were looking for".

However, Costa fell out with manager Antonio Conte amid speculation linking the 28-year-old with a move to the Chinese Super League. Stoke are a really good team and very strong. During the game there is a lot of physical contact and you must be prepared for this type of game because also the referee doesn't whistle a lot.

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Aside from his brilliant finishing, Morata is extremely intelligent and has fantastic technique, able to link play.

Intrigue will surround Eden Hazard's involvement in these crunch clashes.

"I don't see a problem".

"We are managing the recovery well".

It was a pleasing reward for an afternoon's hard work against a Stoke side who had put us under plenty of pressure and restricted us to just a few chances, which were clinically taken.

The Blues had an easy run out against Nottingham Forest in a midweek League Cup game while several key players were rested which gives a great insight into who will start this weekend.