Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea win over Stoke City caps off a great year'

Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's fourth goal against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in London

"We need to have all my players in the best form, and we know very well in January will be a hard time because of the games, and in February the Champions League starts again, so I need all my players at the top of their game".

Morata was drafted in by Antonio Conte to replace Costa after the Italian Chelsea boss deemed the striker to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Talking about Danny Drinkwater, Pedro and Willian Drinkwater, who were all brought into the side and all three scored, Conte said, "I'm very happy because today I had a good response from all of my players".

"I made decisions that I feel will help us, certainly with the game on Monday".

"Football is not simple". You know very well the importance of this player.

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It is understood that Chelsea want to move quickly to offer Christensen a new deal in order to fend off interest from other clubs - his current deal runs until 2020. "I can only speak about my end and the only way to improve is to continue to work with this mentality and desire in this league because I have fantastic players with me".

Chelsea left Eden Hazard on the bench and still overwhelmed Stoke in a 5-0 win in the Premier League on Saturday, with the first three goals coming in the opening 23 minutes.

Manchester United also continued their recent form, which unfortunately for them meant another disappointing draw, their third in a row, this time against Southampton.

Morata will be hoping to lead the attack for Chelsea when the Blues return to Premier League action on Wednesday night with a crunch clash against Arsenal at The Emirates. But for now, we can enjoy the comforts of second place and the drama happening elsewhere in the table.

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