Moses starts, Hazard benched as Chelsea battle Stoke City

Conte encouraged by Musonda and Kenedy progress

In the week that Diego Costa departed for Atletico Madrid, Alvaro Morata continued his impressive start to life at Chelsea in style.

Pedro got the second goal. It's taken a long time for the London club to find a striker worthy of wearing the prestigious No.9 shirt - in Morata they appear to have finally found their man.

Batshuayi completed Chelsea's scoring, although he didn't know too much about it; bundling home following Kenedy's rasping half-volley that rattled the crossbar to take home the match ball.

Nigeria star Victor Moses also made his fifth start of the season in the encounter in which Stoke also had several chances.

Despite the win, United surrendered their top spot to city rivals Manchester City due to an inferior goal difference.

"Yeah, he's fit and it was a minor accident yesterday, he's fit and available Stoke." said Conte, who was impressed by the performances of Charly Musonda and Kenedy against Nottingham Forest.

They scored from their first four shots on target.

Chelsea will be without centre-back David Luiz who is suspended after being sent off against Arsenal, although the Brazilian's return will not be further delayed by the wrist fracture he picked up in that game. We must pay great attention tomorrow.

Having taken four points from home games, Stoke could hardly have anticipated their awful start when they conceded on 83 seconds to a neat finish from Alvaro Morata.

For Stoke boss Mark Hughes, the concerns are two-fold ahead of Saturday's game. Gifted the ball by Stoke skipper Darren Fletcher, the Spaniard picked up possession, ran to the edge of the box and clinically drilled it past Jack Butland.

Stoke, which was fielding a makeshift defense with Kurt Zouma ineligible and Ryan Shawcross and Kevin Wimmer out injured, is 15th in the table having recorded just win in its opening six games.

Alonso got away with it again, but he can thank his manager for saving him from bigger trouble.

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