Eden Hazard Starts - Chelsea Team vs Manchester City Confirmed

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AFP Chelsea face Atletico Madrid tonight with Diego Costa likely to be in the stands

He is quoted by the Metro as saying: "Chelsea have one of the best strikers in Europe - and I am sure he is going to win trophies with them..."

Alvaro Morata has scored seven goals for Chelsea since arriving from Real Madrid.

The Blues must channel the spirit and workrate from Wednesday and press City from the first whistle. I've been involved pretty much from the start so, right now, I'm happy.

"When you have good players it's more simple to find this link, to find this combination, to play together very well", Conte said.

Chelsea have shown their trust in Morata by paying £58 million plus add-ons to secure him from Real Madrid and his good form at the start of the season has seen him quickly become the undisputed main man.

City boast the joint best defence in the league, conceding just twice along with their fierce rivals United, whilst also possessing the most prolific attack outright, scoring 21 times.

Soon after things went from bad to worse for the Blues as Morata limped off clutching his hamstring and Conte's decision to bring on the industrious Willian as his replacement rather than Michy Batshuayi was ineffective. He's great in the air and Batshuayi can only match him for his finishing ability, without being as effective at the rest of the jobs that are paramount for a modern striker.

N'GOLO KANTE claims it's a "shame" that Chelsea team-mate Tiemoue Bakayoko has not been called up to the latest France squad.

Fantasy points per game don't tell the whole story in all honesty, as Hazard is averaging 4.4 whilst his Belgian counterpart averages 12.4, despite their hugely contrasting minutes played. "Pep is a really good coach and I follow his games". "We have the points we deserve".

"It's a muscular problem", Conte said.

Morata has the hard task of replacing Diego Costa, who scored 20 goals to lead Chelsea to the title last season.

"We came here to try to win this game and we did". "I love this from him, and I ask it of him because, [when it comes to] a player with his talent, it's important to ask him to be decisive every game".

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