Chelsea's Antonio Conte hails Eden Hazard's 'great character' after being targeted

19 March, 2017, 00:08 | Author: Douglas Reid
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The Potters have just two wins in 20 matches (2-4-14) across all competitions versus Chelsea in the Premier League era, but one of them came last season at bet365 Stadium as Marko Arnautovic provided the margin in a 1-0 victory.

The 47-year-old has been forced to rely on a core group of 13 players and has expressed concerns that despite their domestic dominance, the existing squad will not be strong enough to compete on all fronts when they return to the Champions League next season.

But then the Chelsea of last season were wholly unrecognisable from the outfit who refused to be sidetracked after Jon Walters had equalised from the penalty spot for Stoke following Willian's early free-kick goal.

FW Willian, 8 - Handed a rare league start in place of the injured Eden Hazard, Willian served up a typical piece of Samba-style free kick wizardry when tricking the Stoke defence and Grant into thinking he was going to cross the ball instead of firing at the goal.

He stated: "I think Diego is showing to be very disciplined and showed me great commitment for the team and not himself and I want this from my players". A corner isn't cleared by Pieters and falls to Cahill eight yards out who smashes in. In the closing minutes, Costa even began to look rampant again, leading every Chelsea counter with power and menace, lashing one shot off the post.

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Chelsea: Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 7, Luiz 7, Cahill 7, Moses 6, Kante 6, Matic 6, Alonso 6, Pedro 6, Costa 6, Willian 7.

Stoke thought they had levelled through Bruno Martins Indi's header, but it was ruled out for Saido Berahino's push on Pedro. Subs: Fabregas 6, Loftus-Cheek 6, Zouma n/a.

"We've caused them problems in the past and we're on the back of a really good performance against Manchester City, who clearly are one of the teams closest to Chelsea in terms of ability to win games". The other, away at Sunderland, they won also.

As many as 10 points separate Spurs and Man City but Conte will be aware that his side can not afford to rest on their laurels with 24 points still being required from 11 matches to mathematically ensure that they claim their fifth Premier League title. No reunion between Costa and Ryan Shawcross was likely to end in cuddles and compliments, but many of Chelsea's first-half struggles were directly related to their striker spending more of his time wrestling opposition defenders than providing an effective focal point.

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