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Winners and losers from Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea

Winners and losers from Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea

Chelsea stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five matches as Antonio Conte’s men ran out comfortable 4-0 winners against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.

It’s their fourth victory across those five league outings which means they’ve maintained their 100% record on the road.

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Prior to Saturday they left Wembley, currently Spurs temporary accommodation, and the King Power Stadium with maximum points.

After a shock opening day loss to Burnley, a game they could have salvaged a point despite ending with 10 men, Conte has established the champions.

There’s plenty of reasons for those who see the world in Blue to be excited forward, whilst Stoke have now failed to win in any of their last four matches, with defeat to Chelsea consigning them to back-to-back losses.

With that being said, here are three winners from this latest encounter, and three winners.

Winners

Alvaro Morata

Diego who? In the week Costa finally parted company with Chelsea, after a tumultuous summer, his successor Morata has continually reminded supporters – and everyone for that matter – there’s life after the Brazilian-born striker.

It didn’t long to register his latest strike. Inside the opening 90 seconds, he chased down a César Azpilicueta forward pass, before slotting past an onrushing Jack Butland.

He was at it again 13 minutes for time when he channeled his inner Ruud van Nistelrooy to best Butland before completing his hat-trick thanks to another Azpilicueta assist.

In his sixth appearance for the season, one of the many ever-present under Blues boss Antonio Conte, his tally now reads six goals (and two assists).

His efforts have come from registering nine shots on goal, which gives him a 44% conversion rate, and with his time on the field totalling 457 minutes, his minutes per goal ratio is a respectable 76.2.

Interestingly, he equals the aforementioned Costa, as both have now been involved in the most goals by a Blues (8) after their first six league outings.

Andreas Christensen

As the well-known saying goes: one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity.

In this case Andreas Christensen, who came into Conte’s starting eleven at the expense of the established Gary Cahill, seized another chance which surely makes the Italian tactician job a little bit more difficult.

It’s been coming, to be fair, although this weekend saw him start his second league game of the season, it was Christensen’s fourth overall across all competitions.

And in each match the Danish international shown the wherewithal to be a mainstay in the Blues backline; against Stoke, he boasted an 92% pass accuracy and completed six clearances.

Tiemoue Bakayoko

One of the summer’s most notable signings was Tiémoué Bakayoko joining the Blues from Ligue 1 champions Monaco.

Described by French national team boss Didier Deschamps as a “complete midfielder” the game away to Stoke was his seventh in the Blue shirt.

Bakayoko’s ability to read and control the game compliments his compatriot the energetic N’Golo Kanté and the Parisian again stood out as continues to assimilate to life in the Premier League.

Registering an 88% pass accuracy, he successfully made three interceptions, whilst winning 100% of his aerial duels and 83% of his attempted tackles. Early days, of course, but if we get more of this then the powers that be at Stamford Bridge will start to feel vindicated in letting Nemanja Matic go.

Losers

Joe Allen

A disappointing afternoon for Stoke’s metronome. Allen, who’s enjoyed a renaissance in Staffordshire, was overawed and overpowered by Chelsea’s powerful midfield engine.

Despite averaging a pass accuracy of 84% and creating two chances (33.3% of Stoke’s overall total), he could only manage to win 29% of his attempted tackles.

Marcos Alonso

Chelsea’s defence weren’t overly troubled in one of their more comfortable afternoons, but Alonso had a shocker, so much so the often-reliable wing-back was subbed off before the hour mark.

He’s enjoyed better days and in truth was involved in some good moments, but a crazy few minutes, which saw him receive a yellow for lashing out after losing possession, was a reminder of the other side to Alonso which could if not controlled be detrimental to his team.

Darren Fletcher

Going 1-0 down so quickly the onus was on Stoke’s players to remain calm and not lose their heads.

Fletcher, unfortunately, did not get that memo and his saw a tame backpass head into the direction of the ruthless Morata who doubled his tally.

His manager Hughes must have been apocalyptic as it all but ended their hopes. He would go on to see his side register a second defeat in a row. Next up is a visit from Southampton.

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