A ruthless hat-trick within the Potteries took Morata’s tally to seven objectives in seven video games for membership and nation since finishing his £60million transfer from Real Madrid to fill the void left by means of the debatable Costa.
It left the 24-year-old in best form forward of Wednesday’s travel to Atletico Madrid within the Champions League, the place Morata can be expecting a antagonistic reception after his lengthy affiliation with their town opponents.
And goalkeeper Courtois admits Morata is already on the right way to changing his shut pal Costa, who might be provide on Wednesday after sealing a £57m go back to Atletico final week but is not able to play till January.
“He is a very good friend of mine. It will be nice to see him,” stated Courtois of Costa, who he first met right through his personal three-year mortgage stint with Atletico.
“Diego used to be an under-rated striker right here in England. People paid an excessive amount of consideration to him being a bit bully at the box moderately than taking a look at his high quality.
“He is one of the crucial nicest, funniest guys I do know. He is additionally a most sensible striker, so I’m glad that till New Year we will no longer have to stand him.
“He used to be all the time a pleasant man within the dressing room and I’ve identified him for 6 years.
“But now we have purchased a brand new striker and he is doing neatly so we need to transfer on. As a pal I will miss Diego, and a participant, but Alvaro is doing his process so we’re glad.
“A striker lives off objectives and he has already scored a couple of vital ones.”
Chelsea have a crunch date with Manchester City subsequent Saturday but first comes the travel to Atletico, the place Courtois can be expecting a heat welcome after his standard mortgage spells, but Morata can get ready for the other.
“He will get a different reception to me, I think,” stated the Belgian goalkeeper. “Alvaro played a lot of games against Atletico. I think he scored – but not against me! I still think it will be a big game against his old rivals.”
Morata took simply 81 seconds to open the scoring on Saturday, darting past a makeshift Stoke again 3 to assemble Cesar Azpilicueta’s lengthy ball and beat Jack Butland.
Pedro made it 2-Zero on 30 mins when he pounced on some deficient chest regulate by means of Darren Fletcher and rocketed a shot previous Butland.
And Morata added two extra after half-time – a run and shot from a good attitude and a tap-in from Azpilicueta’s chested cross.
It supposed a depressing afternoon for Stoke, who started the day with Bruno Martins Indi as their best to be had centre-back and ended it with even the Dutchman at the sidelines with a groin harm.
Midfielder Joe Allen stated: “Injuries or suspensions will have an effect. It seems to be happening to all our centre-halves at the moment. Chelsea is not the ideal team to come up against when you have issues like that.”
STOKE (Three-Four-Three): Butland 6; Johnson five, Martins Indi Four (Afellay 77), Pieters five; Diouf 6, Fletcher Four, Allen 6, Ramadan 6; Shaqiri 7, Jese five (Crouch 61, 6), Choupo-Moting 6. Booked: Shaqiri, Crouch. NEXT UP: Southampton (h) Sat, PL.
CHELSEA (Three-Four-2-1): Courtois 6; Azpilicueta 7, Christensen 6, Rudiger 6; Moses 6, Kante eight, Bakayoko eight, Alonso 7 (Cahill 58, 6); Willian 6 (Hazard 72, 6), Pedro 7 (Fabregas 68, 6); Morata nine. Booked: Alonso, Kante. Goals: Morata 2, 77, 82, Pedro 30. NEXT UP: Atletico Madrid (a) Wed, CL.
Referee: M Dean (Wirral).