Antonio Conte was delighted with the performance of Alvaro Morata as the Spaniard's hat-trick helped Chelsea to a dominant 4-0 win at Stoke City.
Having been frustrated in a goalless draw with Arsenal last time out in the Premier League, the champions wasted no time in asserting their authority at the bet365 Stadium – Morata opening the scoring inside two minutes before compatriot Pedro got in on the act.
Stoke rallied, but Morata's late double put the result beyond all doubt, and Conte praised his side's gritty display.
"It was a good day, a good result for us. Stoke are a really good team and very strong," said the Italian.
"It was very difficult to win here. Morata played a really good game. A really good performance.
"It's great he got a hat-trick. Now he has to continue this way to be a great striker.
"We deserved to win the game. We started well and scored early. We were in control of the game. I repeat it's not simple to win away against them.
"I think we have to be focused at what we do and not others. We want to fight in every competition we are playing."
Morata's hat-trick takes the former Real Madrid forward onto six goals from as many Premier League appearances and will serve to stem any lingering doubts over the impact of Diego Costa's move back to Atletico Madrid.
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.
"It was a difficult day obviously, we were struggling with personnel beforehand and we ended the day with no senior central defenders available at all," Hughes told Stoke City+.
"That said, I thought we stuck at it, even though we made the worst possible start by allowing them to score an easy goal so early on from a routine ball over the top.
"You can't allow yourselves to make too many individual errors in these sort of games, but [Darren] Fletcher allowed the ball to drop a little bit too far away from him and they scored a second which really set us back."
22 de octubre 2017
|Ipswich Town 0 Norwich City 1: Maddison gives Canaries more derby glory|
|Gary Neville thinks he is done as a football manager|
|Marquez hoping for serene title tilt after Phillip Island fright|
|Ibrahimovic has ´minimum´ five or six years left, claims Raiola|
|Pliskova kickstarts WTA Finals with statement win over Venus|
|A-League Review: Vargas injury mars Newcastle Jets win, late winner gives Perth Glory first victory|
|Maybe the Premier League title race is already over - Klopp|
|Joshua frustrated with Pulev withdrawal|
|Rossi: I could have fought Marquez if not for crazy Iannone|
|Pochettino accuses Walker of ´alarming lack of respect´ over Tottenham exit|
|Folau won´t play until 2018 after Barbarians clash|
|Red-hot Thomas survives play-off to win The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges|
|Back-to-back titles loom for Marquez after winning Phillip Island thriller|
|Girardi unsure of Yankees future after Astros loss|
|Warriors, Cavs and Thunder lose as Rockets stay perfect|
|Astros blank Yankees to earn World Series showdown with Dodgers|
|Curry, Durant both ejected in final minute of Warriors´ loss to Grizzlies|
|Pochettino: Mourinho put Dier in compromising position amid United interest|
|Sarri: Napoli care more about Serie A than Champions League|
|Portis apologises for punching Bulls team-mate Mirotic|
|Vettel hails Ferrari pace as title hopeful aims to stop Hamilton|
|F1 title will have to wait unless Vettel makes silly mistake – Hamilton|
|My goal was legal against Malaga, insists Barca´s Deulofeu|
|Newcastle overcome Bordeaux as Edinburgh make history in Moscow|
|Valverde does ´not see any problem´ with Suarez´s sour substitution reaction|
|Hamilton dominates in Austin as title moves into view|
|Ignore the noise, says under-fire Ozil|
21 de octubre 2017
|It´s like playing against aliens - Inter´s Spalletti hails Napoli players after draw|
|PSG duo Alves and Lucas to miss Marseille clash|
|CAF Champions League Review: Wydad Casablanca book final berth|
|Saracens survive Ospreys scare, Clermont win marred by Lopez injury|
|Getting there - Murray posts positive update on comeback from injury|
|Napoli 0 Inter 0: Handanovic heroics put an end to Partenopei´s winning streak|
|Barcelona 2 Malaga 0: Controversial win sees hosts extend LaLiga lead|
|Kvyat set for showdown talks with Red Bull boss Marko|
|Weidenfeller to end Dortmund stay at end of season|
|Pellegrino wants patience from Southampton saviour Boufal|
|Sad day for democracy - Guardiola gives latest take on Catalan crisis|
|Heynckes awaiting news on Muller injury|
|It was a penalty - Silva hits back at Burnley boss Dyche|
|Hamburg 0 Bayern Munich 1: Tolisso sends Heynckes´ men joint-top|
|Southampton 1 West Brom 0: Boufal stunner ends Saints´ winless run|
|Appleton still happy in caretaker role after Leicester sink Swansea|
|Guardiola ready to dine out on Aguero record|
|All Blacks squad safe despite Wallabies defeat - Hansen|
|They should do a press conference to explain – Mourinho furious with Manchester United players|
|Bosz bemoans dropped points after Dortmund let two-goal lead slip|
|Montella calls for courage against Genoa|
|Championship Review: Wolves stay top as Terry scores for Villa|
|One of my proudest moments – Wagner revels in Manchester United win|
|Dimitrov sets up Del Potro final as London spot edges closer|
|Damage was done in the first half, admits Hughes|
|Garcia moves into pole position at Valderrama|
|Conte will ´never´ fear the Chelsea sack|
|Herrera questions Manchester United´s ´passion´|
|Benitez impressed by Newcastle´s perseverance after narrow win|
|Hope stands alone as Zimbabwe skittle Windies on day one|
|Monaco 2 Caen 0: Keita opens account as hosts get back on track|
|A bad team deserves punishment – Mourinho blasts Manchester United display|
|Zidane rejects tag of ´world´s best coach´|
|Stoke City 1 Bournemouth 2: Howe´s men pick up first away points|
|Manchester City 3 Burnley 0: Aguero levels record as Guardiola´s men stretch lead|
|Swansea City 1 Leicester City 2: Mahrez shines as Appleton enjoys winning start|
|Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0: Merino leaves it late to sink Eagles|
|Huddersfield Town 2 Manchester United 1: Mourinho´s men suffer first defeat as Lindelof error proves|
|Eintracht Frankfurt 2 Borussia Dortmund 2: Bosz´s men stunned by comeback|
|Sri Lanka´s T20 squad depleted amid safety concerns|
|Double delight for Germany as Goerges and Witthoeft lift WTA titles|
|Immobile, Strakosha pen Lazio extensions|
|Beaten Read credits clinical Wallabies|