Chelsea continued to show there is life after Diego Costa with another Premier League victory at Stoke, with Alvaro Morata scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 win.
Morata, the club-record signing bought to replace Costa, was on the scoresheet again early on before Pedro extended the lead on the half-hour mark.
Both goals came from defensive mistakes by Stoke, whose manager Mark Hughes had demanded a response from his players following the disappointing midweek defeat at Bristol City in the Carabao Cup....
STOKE, England -- Three thoughts on Stoke 0-4 Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday:
1. Morata banishes memories of Costa
Alvaro Morata took his Chelsea tally to six Premier League goals with a hat trick in the 4-0 win at Stoke and the timing was key for the Spain forward.
With Diego Costa finally securing his move back to Atletico Madrid on Thursday, there are no more unwanted distractions at Chelsea regarding the combustible centre-forward.
But it also means Morata is the undisputed No. 9...