Chelsea were able to continue their 13-game winning streak yesterday as they were able to see off Stoke City in a thriller at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking of Stoke’s performance, manager Mark Hughes said: “I don’t think there’s been too many teams to come here (Stamford Bridge) and score two goals in such a positive manner as we did today.”
Chelsea were pegged back twice, before they were able to eventually see off a Stoke side who were very much alive and kicking until the dying embers at the Bridge.
Gary Cahill scored the opener for Chelsea after Ryan Shawcross failed to pick up the England international from a set-piece, allowing him a free header to nod home from close range.
Former-Dutch international, Bruno Martins Indi scored his first Stoke City goal with a street-wise finish after a great flick-down from Peter Crouch.
Willian, who was sublime on the day, made it 2-1 for Chelsea with a stunning left-footed drive which left Lee Grant with no chance.
Willian’s second goal, which came just a minute after Peter Crouch had made it 2-2 really killed Stoke’s momentum, and really underlined the problem Sparky’s side has defensively before Diego Costa made it 4-2 in the last few minutes.
Yesterday was the second time Stoke have conceded four goals in five days, and more worryingly, the EIGHTH time Stoke have conceded four in the Premier League in 2016.
Peter Crouch scored his first Premier League goal in over a year in what was a superb display up front for Stoke, and will now hope that his performance will be enough to stamp himself a place in Hughes’ thoughts for Tuesday’s huge game against Watford.
Stoke currently sit 14th, and whilst it’s easy to be disheartened about 2016, Stoke are only three points off ninth place in the Premier League with huge fixtures coming up within the next month for Hughes’ side.
January will prove to be a huge month for Stoke, and with the loss of Ramadan Sobhi, Mame Diouf and Wilfried Bony to the ACON, Hughes will need to invest in his side, and if Stoke City can beat Watford on Tuesday, it could, and will hopefully be the catalyst for a strong finish to what’s been a strange Premier League campaign.