Cesar Azpilicueta backs hit-man Alvaro Morata to fire Blues to glory

  • Cesar Azpilicueta backs hit-man Alvaro Morata to fire Blues to glory

Cesar Azpilicueta backs hit-man Alvaro Morata to fire Blues to glory

More importantly from Conte's point of view, Costa will switch to Madrid and train with his new club, drawing a line under the contentious issue that the manager has been repeatedly forced to deal with.

Despite a convincing 4-0 win over Stoke, Antonio Conte was most pleased that his side never became complacent.

Diego Costa's return to La Liga side Atletico Madrid from January 1 2018 has been finialised, Premier League champions Chelsea said in a statement on Tuesday.

His lack of games at the highest level and the perception of him lacking the absolute quality to be a regular in a team with aspirations of winning the Champions League were perhaps reasons why Chelsea and United both looked primarily at Lukaku. Depending on how the game plays out, Fabregas could play either in front or in behind the other two midfielders - whichever option gets us to control the midfield is the one we need to switch to in-game. We already have youngsters who are as good as he is but we are still interested in Pellegri.

All in all, I think Chelsea are the better side in this game but since they are away from home, I am going to predict this to game to end as a draw.

"We have some great footballers, majority play for their national teams".

Atletico and Chelsea announced an agreement had been reached last Thursday and it has now been completed on the eve of the teams' Champions League Group C contest at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

Conte was relieved after the change and said, "It was a good change and I am pleased with the new chant".

"It's a complicated 'pitch.' But, having been away from Europe for a season, we want to get this right and we'll need a flawless match to get the three points".

Cesc Fabregas considers the Diego Costa saga at Chelsea to have been "wrong", with the world's best No.9 heading back to Atletico Madrid.

We're chuffed with how Morata has done so far and how straightforward of a task it has been replacing Diego Costa - we're sure you are too.

"Alvaro is a great lad", Fabregas said.

"He was an underrated player".

When Liverpool refused to sell him, he was left in a potentially awkward situation.

"He's now made a decision to change, so best of luck to him".

Chelsea have turned the stockpiling of young players into a tactic. "So best of luck to him".

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.