No Morata, no problem

Following the defeat against West Ham, Chelsea were without their top scorer Alvaro Morata but that posed no problem as Antonio Conte’s side picked up a comfortable 3-1 victory at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The trio of Pedro, Hazard and Willian started up front for Chelsea. Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been harshly criticised recently, started the scoring following a smart finish in the 23rd minute from a Willian pass. Willian himself headed into the score-sheet following a Marcos Alonso cross. And Pedro curved one to the top right corner after a layoff from Willian. Huddersfield did get one back in the 92nd minute through Depoitre header but it was too little too late. Chelsea completely dominated the match with 64% of the possession, while accumulating 12 shots with 5 on target.

Though statistically Willian deserved the Man of the match award, it was Eden Hazard who ran the show. With his dazzling tricks and flicks, Hazard awed the crowd and mesmerised the Terriers defence. He was awarded the motm trophy but he generously passed it onto Willian. Bakayoko performed well after a rough patch but fans might still doubt Alonso though he did get an assist. And the fact that Morata’s deputy Batshuayi did not start means that Conte does not fully trust the Belgian and that there might be an incoming striker next month when the transfer window opens.

This result means Chelsea are level on points with second placed United and 11 points behind City, though those teams are yet to play their matches.

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