Chelsea defeated Stoke City 2-1 to extend their advantage at the Premier League summit to 13. Subs: Diouf 6, Crouch n/a.
Chelsea finally found a break through in the 87th minute as David Luiz’s header from a corner was blocked, only for Cahill to smash home the loose ball.
Subs not used: Begovic, Ake, Chalobah, Batshuayi.
On the plus side for Conte, Chelsea were already a goal to the good by then!
In the FA Cup quarter-finals, the Blues got the better of a Manchester United side who played nearly two thirds of the fixture with 10 men, and it was a result which extended an unbeaten run that started on the first weekend of 2017.
Stoke also had their confidence boosted – though not by a win – last week after they held Champions League chasers Manchester City to a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium.
“We need to take 21 points for the title win”.
Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte has given an update on the match-readiness of Nigerian winger, Victor Moses.
Re-live that game below.
But Glen Johnson is still out with a shoulder injury he picked up in the 2-0 win over Middlesbrough a fortnight ago.
But as Chelsea barnstorm to the Premier League title following his arrival from the Midlands, it’s time to give the midfielder his due – it’s time to stand up for N’Golo Kante.
So there are your confirmed starting line-ups for today’s game!
“But I’m not anxious about this because Eden is very strong physically, and he’s showed me he’s able to play in this league”. Costa played the pantomime villain expertly today, scrapping with Stoke players at every opportunity and picking up an early booking for dissent, but managed to avoid being sent off.
Antonio Conte: “It won’t be easy”.
“I don’t like this, and I always want to face a team who want to play football and to beat us playing football”. For this reason, we must pay great attention and focus.
“We will try to take the best decision for the player and for the club”.
He told Sky Sports: “This is a team with good confidence. We will have a tough test”.
This was only the second Premier League game of the season where hazard didn’t start for Chelsea.
The Italian coach has now heaped praise on the former Caen man although he says there are a number of areas where he can still improve.