By Gary Watton
September 23 2017
Alvaro Morata silenced the doubters (me included) with not one, nor two, but a hat trick of goals with his feet, after previously scoring thrice with head only. Clearly he is not a one trick pony and he is beginning to tick an awful lot of boxes. The self-admiring Jim White on Blokesport may be right after all when he announced in the summer that Morata would be "a sensation". He certainly was at Stoke where the hosts were ultimately defeated four-nil by Spain, given that all four visiting goals came courtesy of two Spaniards.
Senor Pedro doubled his goals tally for the season with an expertly-driven shot beyond the despairing reach of Butland. However, his efforts were overshadowed by the lone striker who proceeded to record the second hat trick in consecutive matches by a Chelsea centre forward. Maybe the media nonsense about the league descending into a two-horse race between the evil twins of Manchester is going to be proved inaccurate. Much may rest upon Chelsea's management of a rampant Manchester Mercenaries when they drop by on Saturday evening for a bit of a kick about. Certainly on this lethal showing the away team ought to be more wary of us than we of them.
Ultimately this was another peculiar Chelsea triumph when they got a very early goal (and there is no such thing as scoring too early) and then soaked up lots of pressure before scoring against the run of play. Then, after Stoke had piled on more pressure but failed to find the back of the net, a resilient Chelsea broke away to mug them with two further Morata strikes. His second goal was a superb solo effort, reminiscent of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, while the third was gifted sportingly to him by compatriot Azpilicueta who chested the ball into his path for a goal from a few yards out. The Spanish contribution at Chelsea remains massive. Whether they go on to successfully defend the Premier League remains open to question, but my word they are far exceeding the numpties of two years ago who flopped in their meek defence of their 2015 Championship triumph.
Stoke City 0 CHELSEA 4; half time: 0-2
CHELSEA goal scorers: Morata (three); Pedro
CHELSEA: Courtois; Christensen; Azpilicueta; Alonso; Moses; Rudiger; Kante; Bakayoko; Morata; Pedro; Willian. Used substitutes: Cahill; Fabregas
CHELSEA leading scorers:
Pedro twopqs: qs:
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