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24 September 2017, 12:45 | Percy Christensen
GETTYAntonio Conte backed to return to winning ways against Stoke
Stoke took four points from two home games against Arsenal and Manchester United, but this heavy defeat leaves the team with only one win from its opening six fixtures.
First, he must hope captain Ryan Shawcross recovers in time to return to central defence in place of Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma, who is ineligible to play against his parent club. Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko came in for David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas following Chelsea's goalless draw with Arsenal.
Morata was also on target in Chelsea's last away game in a 2-1 success against Leicester.
Stoke's initial response was strong and Xherdan Shaqiri should have done better with a free-kick from 20 yards, while Mame Biram Diouf's acrobatic overhead kick narrowly missed the target as the host went into the break two behind.
Jose Mourinho's men also scaled through as Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season to give the Red Devils a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Southampton. They won't have home pitch advantage over Stoke, but they've recently proved their ability of winning away from home.
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"Morata played a good game".
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After the match Conte said: "It was a good day, a good result for us".
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 auto accident on Thursday.
"Now it is very important to prepare".
While Morata is quickly cementing a standing as the new darling of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have sanctioned the sale of Costa to Atletico Madrid and he will embark on a second spell with the La Liga giants from January.
For his second, Morata exploited an error by Glen Johnson near the halfway line to outpace his pursuers and dink the ball clinically over Butland from a tight angle on 77 minutes before completing his hat-trick five minutes later on the stretch after good work from CesarAzpilicueta.
Saturday's hat-trick crowned an impressive all-round performance in which Morata held the ball up well, showed excellent control and took his goals clinically.
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