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  • Morata hits hat-trick in win as Chelsea shrug off Costa sagaChelsea 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. He did not get it, with Morata rounding off the win in the final quarter-hour. The game was just over a minute old when Cesar Azpilicueta's long ball forward dissected Stoke's makeshift back line and allowed the lethal Morata to take a touch and finish calmly past Jack Butland.With Kurt Zouma, on loan from Chelsea, ineligible against his parent club and Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Kevin Wimmer all out injured, Glen J..

    Stoke 0-4 Chelsea – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Morata hits hat-trick in win as Chelsea shrug off Costa sagaChelsea 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. He did not get it, with Morata rounding off the win in the final quarter-hour. The game was just over a minute old when Cesar Azpilicueta's long ball forward dissected Stoke's makeshift back line and allowed the lethal Morata to take a touch and finish calmly past Jack Butland.With Kurt Zouma, on loan from Chelsea, ineligible against his parent club and Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Kevin Wimmer all out injured, Glen J..
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  • Head coach Antonio Conte thanked Diego Costa for his contribution at Chelsea on Friday, but declined to discuss the fractious conclusion to the striker’s spell at Stamford Bridge.Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Chelsea, but admitted to pandering for a return to Atletico Madrid as early as his first season in England.And on Thursday the 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international was granted his wish after months of acrimony, claim and counter claim when Chelsea and Atletico agreed a fee reported to be in the region of £58million.Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa… https://t.co/TpJBp3W2Lf pic.twitter.com/5o6OM10inP— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 21, 2017Costa joined the Blues from Atletico in July 2014, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances.“We want to thank him for what he did with this club. We wish him all the best for the future,” Conte said.The Italian was asked about the breakdown i..

    Antonio Conte thanks Diego Costa for Chelsea contribution

    Head coach Antonio Conte thanked Diego Costa for his contribution at Chelsea on Friday, but declined to discuss the fractious conclusion to the striker’s spell at Stamford Bridge.Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Chelsea, but admitted to pandering for a return to Atletico Madrid as early as his first season in England.And on Thursday the 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international was granted his wish after months of acrimony, claim and counter claim when Chelsea and Atletico agreed a fee reported to be in the region of £58million.Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa… https://t.co/TpJBp3W2Lf pic.twitter.com/5o6OM10inP— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 21, 2017Costa joined the Blues from Atletico in July 2014, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances.“We want to thank him for what he did with this club. We wish him all the best for the future,” Conte said.The Italian was asked about the breakdown i..
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  • Chelsea will look to the future once again at Stoke on Saturday after an agreement was reached for Diego Costa to re-join Atletico Madrid. Head coach Antonio Conte is poised to face questions on Costa at his pre-match media conference on Friday after the striker was granted his wish to return to Atletico.The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international joined the Blues from Atletico in July 2014, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances.Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but admitted to pandering for a return to Atletico as early as his first season in England.And after months of acrimony, claim and counter claim, Costa has been granted his wish after the Blues and Atletico agreed a fee reported to be in the region of £58million.Chelsea play at Atletico next Wednesday in Champions League Group C and all parties will be relieved the matter has been resolved.Costa will now travel to Madrid from Brazil to finalise his move.Atletico said: "Atleti..

    Chelsea keen to move on as Diego Costa exit finally agreed

    Chelsea will look to the future once again at Stoke on Saturday after an agreement was reached for Diego Costa to re-join Atletico Madrid. Head coach Antonio Conte is poised to face questions on Costa at his pre-match media conference on Friday after the striker was granted his wish to return to Atletico.The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international joined the Blues from Atletico in July 2014, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances.Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but admitted to pandering for a return to Atletico as early as his first season in England.And after months of acrimony, claim and counter claim, Costa has been granted his wish after the Blues and Atletico agreed a fee reported to be in the region of £58million.Chelsea play at Atletico next Wednesday in Champions League Group C and all parties will be relieved the matter has been resolved.Costa will now travel to Madrid from Brazil to finalise his move.Atletico said: "Atleti..
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  • Atletico Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea to re-sign former striker Diego Costa from the Premier League champions. The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international joined the Blues from Atletico in July 2014, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances.A Chelsea statement read: "Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa."The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical."Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but admitted to pandering for a return to Atletico as early as his first season in England.And after months of acrimony, claim and counter claim, Costa has been granted his wish after the Blues and Atletico agreed a fee reported to be in the region of £58million.Chelsea play at Atletico next Wednesday in Champions League Group C and all parties will be relieved the matter has been resolved.Costa's last game for Chelsea was May's FA Cup final loss ..

    Atletico Madrid agree deal to sign Diego Costa from Chelsea

    Atletico Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea to re-sign former striker Diego Costa from the Premier League champions. The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international joined the Blues from Atletico in July 2014, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances.A Chelsea statement read: "Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa."The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical."Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but admitted to pandering for a return to Atletico as early as his first season in England.And after months of acrimony, claim and counter claim, Costa has been granted his wish after the Blues and Atletico agreed a fee reported to be in the region of £58million.Chelsea play at Atletico next Wednesday in Champions League Group C and all parties will be relieved the matter has been resolved.Costa's last game for Chelsea was May's FA Cup final loss ..
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  • Head coach Antonio Conte suggested he is prepared to give Chelsea's youngsters a run in the Carabao Cup after Wednesday night's rout of Nottingham Forest.The 5-1 win set up a fourth round clash at home to Everton, but, despite facing Premier League opposition, Chelsea could field a similarly youthful squad.Conte said: "We are a great club, for this reason every competition is important to us. If we answer like this tonight, why not continue to give the opportunity to these players?"Michy Batshuayi scored a hat-trick, while Kenedy and the impressive Charly Musonda were also on target for Chelsea. Tendayi Darikwa scored a late consolation for Championship Forest.Eden Hazard delighted on his first start of the season after his broken ankle, while Conte assessed the Chelsea youth.Chelsea academy graduates Musonda, Andreas Christensen, Jake Clarke-Salter and Dujon Sterling featured, while Ethan Ampadu became the first Chelsea player born this millennium, a week after his 17th..

    Antonio Conte ready to rely on Chelsea youngsters again in Carabao Cup

    Head coach Antonio Conte suggested he is prepared to give Chelsea's youngsters a run in the Carabao Cup after Wednesday night's rout of Nottingham Forest.The 5-1 win set up a fourth round clash at home to Everton, but, despite facing Premier League opposition, Chelsea could field a similarly youthful squad.Conte said: "We are a great club, for this reason every competition is important to us. If we answer like this tonight, why not continue to give the opportunity to these players?"Michy Batshuayi scored a hat-trick, while Kenedy and the impressive Charly Musonda were also on target for Chelsea. Tendayi Darikwa scored a late consolation for Championship Forest.Eden Hazard delighted on his first start of the season after his broken ankle, while Conte assessed the Chelsea youth.Chelsea academy graduates Musonda, Andreas Christensen, Jake Clarke-Salter and Dujon Sterling featured, while Ethan Ampadu became the first Chelsea player born this millennium, a week after his 17th..
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  • An investigation into Chelsea's recruitment of youth players has been launched, FIFA has revealed. The Premier League champions were subject to sanctions from the world governing body previously concerning Gael Kakuta's transfer from Lens in 2007, which were subsequently appealed successfuly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). "We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing, however please note that we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation. We have no further comment," a FIFA statement said. In January 2016, Press Association Sport discovered Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore played for Chelsea's under-18s side when aged 16, which was an apparent breach of FIFA regulations. However, governing body FIFA stressed when contacted by Press Association Sport on Wednesday, they would not confirm which specific transfers were part of the current on-going investigation.Traore could not establish himself as part of the seni..

    FIFA launches investigation into Chelsea’s recruitment of youth players

    An investigation into Chelsea's recruitment of youth players has been launched, FIFA has revealed. The Premier League champions were subject to sanctions from the world governing body previously concerning Gael Kakuta's transfer from Lens in 2007, which were subsequently appealed successfuly to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). "We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing, however please note that we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation. We have no further comment," a FIFA statement said. In January 2016, Press Association Sport discovered Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore played for Chelsea's under-18s side when aged 16, which was an apparent breach of FIFA regulations. However, governing body FIFA stressed when contacted by Press Association Sport on Wednesday, they would not confirm which specific transfers were part of the current on-going investigation.Traore could not establish himself as part of the seni..
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  • Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants a reaction from his players against Chelsea on Saturday following their Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol City.Hughes described his side's performance at Ashton Gate as "poor" as a strong team containing the likes of Kurt Zouma, Bruno Martins Indi, Darren Fletcher and Peter Crouch were beaten 2-0 by the Sky Bet Championship club. Stoke resume Premier League action against the champions at the bet365 Stadium at the weekend and Hughes is confident of an improved display. "I know we will be better against Chelsea on Saturday, but that isn't much consolation at the moment," he told the club's official website. "We need a reaction. That's what we will drill into the players going into the Chelsea game because that was unacceptable." Hughes will hope captain Ryan Shawcross returns to training before the end of the week to prove his fitness as on-loan defender Zouma is ineligible against Chelsea. Meanwhile, Bristol City assistant head co..

    Stoke boss Hughes calls for reaction against Chelsea after Bristol City loss

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes wants a reaction from his players against Chelsea on Saturday following their Carabao Cup defeat to Bristol City.Hughes described his side's performance at Ashton Gate as "poor" as a strong team containing the likes of Kurt Zouma, Bruno Martins Indi, Darren Fletcher and Peter Crouch were beaten 2-0 by the Sky Bet Championship club. Stoke resume Premier League action against the champions at the bet365 Stadium at the weekend and Hughes is confident of an improved display. "I know we will be better against Chelsea on Saturday, but that isn't much consolation at the moment," he told the club's official website. "We need a reaction. That's what we will drill into the players going into the Chelsea game because that was unacceptable." Hughes will hope captain Ryan Shawcross returns to training before the end of the week to prove his fitness as on-loan defender Zouma is ineligible against Chelsea. Meanwhile, Bristol City assistant head co..
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  • Eden Hazard to make Chelsea return against Nottingham ForestEden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest.The Belgium playmaker suffered a broken ankle in June and has made three substitute appearances for the Blues in the last 10 days.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "For Eden now is the right moment to start the game and to try to play the whole game."Hazard recently said Conte improved him within a week of his appointment in a comment which many interpreted as a slight on Jose Mourinho, rather than praise for Chelsea's Italian boss.Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better."He can continue to improve a lot in his career and to become one of the best," Conte said.Conte is likely to rotate his options for the League Cup clash and has with some enforced absences.David Luiz is suspended for the first of three games after his dismissal against Ars..

    Chelsea V Nottm Forest at Stamford Bridge : Match Preview

    Eden Hazard to make Chelsea return against Nottingham ForestEden Hazard will start for Chelsea for the first time this season in Wednesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest.The Belgium playmaker suffered a broken ankle in June and has made three substitute appearances for the Blues in the last 10 days.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: "For Eden now is the right moment to start the game and to try to play the whole game."Hazard recently said Conte improved him within a week of his appointment in a comment which many interpreted as a slight on Jose Mourinho, rather than praise for Chelsea's Italian boss.Conte wants all his players to improve and says Hazard can get even better."He can continue to improve a lot in his career and to become one of the best," Conte said.Conte is likely to rotate his options for the League Cup clash and has with some enforced absences.David Luiz is suspended for the first of three games after his dismissal against Ars..
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