Morata and Chelsea fans receive Conte praise

Conte had texted Costa to tell the Spaniard that he was not in his plans for the future at Chelsea, with Alvaro Morata signed from Real Madrid in the summer as his replacement.

Given that Morata has now scored six times in as many Premier League games that is an argument that holds water but the anti-Semitic references to Tottenham were absent in the Bet 365 Stadium.

Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois suffered an injury after falling heavily but played on.

It was game over at the other end with 13 minutes remaining, as Morata capitalised on another defensive mistake. He is a really good guy.

"As it is he's left Chelsea and the Premier League and that's a real shame". 'I'm working with my players and I'm happy to be working with them.

Also I like that he's a good finisher, he feels the goal in every moment, he's very good to understand which is the best position in the box to receive the ball, to understand where the ball is going.

City scored five or more goals for a third consecutive league game as the impressive Leroy Sane opened the scoring before Raheem Sterling added a double against Palace.

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.

"I can not be too disappointed given the circumstances, we had a good go at it but they had too much quality in the end to take it away from us". Nearly notched another couple of goals in addition to his hat-trick. "Stoke are a really good team and very strong", said the Italian.

"We made the worst possible start and at 2-0 Chelsea do what they do.

Now he has to continue this way to be a great striker", said manager Antonio Conte, who on Friday showed himself so enamoured by his new striker that he said he was the sort of polite young man any father would like his daughter to marry. "We want to fight in every competition we are playing".

The Brazilian told Sky Sports: "When you are champions one year, then the next year is more hard because the other teams know and prepare well, they come to win against us and to put our team in trouble".