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Conte looking ahead to Atletico Madrid clash

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is looking to continue the Blues’ fine form of late, setting his sights on their Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

The Blues beat Stoke City 4-0 away from home on Saturday, making them one of the in-form sides in the Premier League. Conte hailed his team’s performance, but said it is vital they prepare correctly for the game against Atletico. It might be worth checking Chelsea’s odds of successfully defending their Premier League title, check out Ladbrokes promo code 2017 for a bonus code.

“It wasn’t easy despite the 4-0 result,” Conte told Sky Sports. “We must be pleased and satisfied to win away against Stoke because they are a strong team at home. Now it’s important to rest well and prepare for another game against Atletico Madrid.”

“We took our chances but it’s normal to come here and suffer. Arsenal lost here, Manchester United drew but we won and we deserved to win.”

“In the second half we scored twice and made more chances to improve the result, but it wasn’t easy.”

“We are in good shape. We are rotating and the answer from my players is positive. We have to prepare in the right way for this tough game against Atletico.”

“In the last few years they’ve been strong in the Champions League. We must pay great attention but we are ready and want to do our best.”

The boss was also full of praise for Alvaro Morata, who scored a hatrick on the day. The Spaniard is Chelsea’s club-record signing, and has been drafted in to replace Diego Costa who has agreed a deal to join Atletico Madrid in January.

“It was a really good performance from Alvaro,” he added. “It means we have created chances for the striker to score, it happened last season, and it will happen again this season.”