Alvaro Morata's struggles make Chelsea look a different animal without Diego Costa

Arsenal striker Lacazette inferior to 'top drawer' Chelsea rival Morata says Merson

"It's clearly a sensitive issue", said Morata in what was his first interview with an English newspaper since signing from Real Madrid for a reported 80 million euros ($92.2 million).

Wherever Diego Costa was, he was not out there scrapping with Arsenal's centre-backs, which Álvaro Morata was - without success.

But the Hillingdon-born Wilkins, who has served Chelsea as a player, coach and assistant manager, would rather have Costa up front. The fans have been extremely welcoming to me and hopefully we can move forwards together now.

A classic was last season's solitary strike in the 1-0 win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge, the kind of goal and game that went a long way to winning the title for Chelsea.

'I would much sooner have Costa than Morata. And I just can not, for the life of me, see why Costa is still in Brazil playing five-a-side on a beach with his mates.

Spanish striker Costa spent the majority of the summer in Brazil after Antonio Conte informed him via text that he was free to leave the club.

If there is no way back for the Spanish global, that is going to be something that Chelsea will lack, and it is especially notable when Eden Hazard is not playing. "I'm really happy with his performance".

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"He played a really good game".

Conte was also pleased with his team's overall display even though they were unable to break the deadlock. If he doesn't, he didn't have a good game - but I was happy with his performance.

"I think the performance was a good performance", said the Italian.

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