"I used to really enjoy watching him go about his business because he was different - he had an edge, and the reaction of other players to him was interesting".
Morata could have scored a double brace when he was played through on goal by Eden Hazard but his shot was inches wide.
The Spaniard joined for a club-record £70m from Spanish giants Real Madrid earlier this summer.
"It was very hard to win here", Conte stated after the game in his post-match conference. A really good performnace.
Alonso could have had no complaints had he been shown a second yellow, but Conte was not prepared to take any chances with Chelsea due to face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge next Saturday. "For sure a good night for us".
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The Belgium global converted a rebound in the first half to give Jose Mourinho's side a fifth win in six Premier League games and keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the table. He's got damage to his hamstring and we're hoping it won't stop him playing, but clearly at the moment he's a big risk.
"I think he's a good signing for Chelsea because Alvaro is only 24-years-old".
Morata scored in the first minute of the encounter for Chelsea with a brilliant finish.
More importantly from Conte's point of view, Costa will switch to Madrid and train with his new club, drawing a line under the contentious issue that the manager has been repeatedly forced to deal with.
However, the Potters continued to press intently and put pressure on the Chelsea defence, even looking the better side for a short spell in the game.