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Alvaro Morata scored a hat trick as Chelsea maintained its ideal away record in the English Premier League in beating Stoke 4-0 on Saturday.

"I think for Alvaro it's the right moment to have this situation, to be the striker in a great team", Conte said.

There were suggestions in some quarters following last weekend's goalless draw with Arsenal that Chelsea are missing Costa's fiery presence with the more understated Morata leading the attack, and Conte revealed he is also working to improve that side of the 24-year-old's game. "Don't forget with his previous experiences at Juventus and Real Madrid he played but not every game, not regularly. He's very strong and he showed he's a really good, complete player".

Antonio Conte has told Alvaro Morata that he must become more aggressive on the pitch for Chelsea following his transfer from Real Madrid in the summer.

Asked how hard facing Stoke will be, the Italian said: "For sure it will be a really tough game".

"In this stadium the crowd push a lot and I want to thank our fans because I repeat they helped a lot the team today".

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According to Physio Room, Conte has a fully fit squad at his disposal bar deadline day signing Danny Drinkwater, who continues to recover from the calf strain that has so far prevented him from making his Chelsea debut.

"I remember very well last season when we struggled a lot to win and we also won at the end of the game". After his injury and surgery you need time, and if I make the decision (to start him) it is because I think he is ready.

Crouch was perhaps fortunate only to see yellow for a high tackle on Fabregas, but the accolades will go to Morata, with his six goals and two assists from his first six top-flight games equalling Diego Costa's club record for goal involvements.

Stoke piled on the pressure after the break, but the Blues stood firm and made the game safe in the closing stages. "Other players are also very important for us and now it's important to be sure he's ready".

Morata will be hoping to feature for Chelsea when the Blues return to Champions League action Wednesday night with a crunch clash against Atletico Madrid in Spain.