January 24 2018

Chelsea should have kept Diego Costa, according to Ray Wilkins

January 24 2018, 01:57 | Sammy Rose

GETTY Mark Lawrenson says Stoke will hold Chelsea to a draw this weekend

Mark Lawrenson says Stoke will hold Chelsea to a draw this weekend

Costa went on to score 59 goals in 120 matches during his time with Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles and one League Cup. "Now we have to play three games and yes, there is the possibility to try to pick him for these games".

"They have found a very good player in Morata", Shevchenko told reporters at the Best Fifa Football Award ceremony in London on Friday when Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar were the three players shortlisted.

"It was very hard to win here".

For his second, Morata exploited an error by Glen Johnson near the halfway line to outpace his pursuers and dink the ball clinically over Butland from a tight angle on 77 minutes before completing his hat-trick five minutes later on the stretch after good work from Cesar Azpilicueta.

Conte pointed out that the former Juventus man has a new situation to adjust to this season given, for all his obvious prowess, he has never been an undisputedly first-choice striker at club level before now.

"Of course the players change, but the way we play, nothing changes, we always train in the same way, we always have a plan to come to the game, nothing changes". We started well and scored early. Tomorrow it will be a really tough game and we have to be prepared for the physical and tactical aspect and be disciplined.

Eleven straight wins put them on course for the title until they lost 2-0 to Chelsea and threw away a three-goal lead to draw with Crystal Palace as the quest to boost their goal difference ahead of City's proved costly. "We want to fight in every competition we are playing".

Tiemoue Bakayoko is fit to play for Chelsea against Stoke City despite his involvement in a vehicle accident, while manager Antonio Conte now considers Eden Hazard ready to start Premier League games.

Chelsea were helped by some uncharacteristic errors from Mark Hughes' side, however, and the Welshman was quick to point out how much the mistakes cost his team.

"Obviously had Kurt been available then we would have been able to manage, but as it stands we are down to just one senior defender, Bruno Martins Indi".

Manu Garcia scored for Alaves and although Madrid wasted chances to score more goals, Alaves also saw two second half efforts from Alfonso Pedraza bounce back off the woodwork.

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