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Alvaro Morata deserves spotlight as Chelsea visit Costa and Atletico

The guys respond to your tweets about Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, taking breaks in matches and more.
The guys respond to your tweets about Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, taking breaks in matches and more.
The guys respond to your tweets about Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, taking breaks in matches and more.
The guys respond to your tweets about Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, taking breaks in matches and more.

Alvaro Morata never topped the bill at Real Madrid and, when he returns to the Spanish capital this week, he will probably find himself overshadowed by the presence of Atletico Madrid's new centre-forward if Diego Costa chooses to act as an unwanted distraction by turning up for Chelsea's Champions League visit to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Such has been the story of Morata's career so far. The 24-year-old is a supremely talented striker, a player blessed with the physique, technical ability...

Chelsea goal machine Alvaro Morata's slick skills with chewing gum

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Alvaro Morata finally showed the Premier League what his right foot is capable of with three goals against Stoke City on Saturday, and it turns out he doesn't even need a football to underline why Chelsea paid £58 million to sign him from Real Madrid this summer.

In a video posted on his official Instagram account on Sunday, the striker executes a series of kick-ups and even a "round the world" trick with a piece of chewing gum before catching it again in his mouth while on a golf course with...

Alvaro Morata's first Premier League hat trick has him in Team of the Weekend

Craig Burley recaps Saturday's Premier League results, headlined by another commanding Manchester City win.
Craig Burley takes to the touchscreen to dissect Alvaro Morata's vintage performance in Chelsea's 4-0 win at Stoke.

After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully selects 11 star performers along with a manager.

Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #ESPNFCTOTW.

Team of the Weekend
ESPN FC's Premier League Team of the Weekend.

Goalkeeper: He was much maligned at times last season, but when Liverpool needed Simon Mignolet to ride to their rescue at Leicester, he didn't let them...

 By Mark Worrall

Hat trick hero Alvaro Morata Chelsea's main man in life after Diego Costa

Alvaro Morata bagged a hat trick in Chelsea's 4-0 demolition of Stoke.
Alvaro Morata bagged a hat trick in Chelsea's 4-0 demolition of Stoke.
Alvaro Morata bagged a hat trick in Chelsea's 4-0 demolition of Stoke.
Alvaro Morata bagged a hat trick in Chelsea's 4-0 demolition of Stoke.
Alvaro Morata bagged a hat trick in Chelsea's 4-0 demolition of Stoke.

Chelsea coasted to an impressive 4-0 win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, with Alvaro Morata showing there's life after Diego Costa.

Morata, assisted twice by Cesar Azpilicueta, plundered his first Blues hat trick in the week Costa finally left for Atletico Madrid. Fellow Spaniard Pedro also found the net as Antonio Conte's side eased through their gears to thrash sorry Stoke.

Positives

Six goals in six Premier League games for Morata tells its own story. Chelsea's record £60...

Diego who? Alvaro Morata scores stunning hat trick in Chelsea rout

Alvaro Morata managed to net an early goal for Chelsea within 90 seconds as the Blues were able to beat Stoke City comfortably.
Alvaro Morata managed to net an early goal for Chelsea within 90 seconds as the Blues were able to beat Stoke City comfortably.
Craig Burley takes to the touchscreen to dissect Alvaro Morata's vintage performance in Chelsea's 4-0 win at Stoke.
Craig Burley recaps Saturday's Premier League results, headlined by another commanding Manchester City win.
Despite a convincing 4-0 win over Stoke, Antonio Conte was most pleased that his side never became complacent.
Mark Hughes doesn't mince words when discussing Stoke's horrendous defensive showing in their 4-0 loss to Chelsea.

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...

 By Chris Wright

Chelsea players mess with sleeping Tiemoue Bakayoko on flight

With a Premier League tie against Stoke City in the offing, Chelsea clambered aboard their private jet and made the short hop en masse from London to the Potteries.

Despite the journey taking less than an hour, it all proved too tiring for Tiemoue Bakayoko who managed to fall soundly asleep in his seat.

Of course, this prompted several of his more mischievous teammates to start fooling with him, with Thibaut Courtois enjoying a stealthy game of "balance things on the midfielder."

With a little...