Chelsea Boss praises Morata, flawless for Premier League

Costa never backed down from bruising clashes

Costa never backed down from bruising clashes

Conte still sees room for Alvaro Morata to grow however.

The Spain global had walked the world's greatest stages, but never before had he enjoyed top billing.

Alvaro Morata is unlikely to get a warm reception when Chelsea visit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday because of the striker's past association with Real Madrid, the Premier League club's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.

Yet he arrived in London having never made more than 16 starts in a league season since being promoted from Madrid's "B" team.

Morata joined Chelsea from Spanish champions Real Madrid this summer, after scoring 23 goals in 40 appearances for Los Blancos in 2016-17.

It's been a lightening start. Atletico Madrid will be the first major European club to face Conte's Chelsea, and a rampant Manchester City follows right after.

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After making his first start of the season in the League Cup last week, the Belgium worldwide was again named as a substitute for Chelsea's 4-0 Premier League win over Stoke City on Saturday as he continues to recover from a fractured ankle.

He ran in behind Stoke for his first, ran through them for his second, and ghosted in between them for his third, removing any lingering doubts that he may not be good enough to replace Costa as the lone centre-forward.

Morata said after the game that the defending champs' performance sent a good message to the rest of the league. "He adapted very well to this league but now he has to continue to work and improve because he's only starting".

Wright believes that each back-story has contributed to them relishing their new roles this season, as they are finally being given the kind of position as leading man that they've been craving.

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