Chelsea regarded in a relentless temper as they put 5 objectives previous Stoke Metropolis in a cushty 5-Zero win at Stamford Bridge.
The Champions made three adjustments to the facet who beat Brighton 2-Zero of their final Premier League outing. Out went Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who made method for Danny Drinkwater, Pedro and Willian.
As for the guests, Mark Hughes made six adjustments to his facet who drew 1-1 with Huddersfield – Ryan Shawcross, Kurt Zouma, Xherdan Shaquiri, Joe Allen, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Peter Crouch being changed by Josh Tymon, Charlie Adam, Mame Biram Diouf, Ibrahim Afellay, Ramadan Sobhi and Saido Berahino.
Chelsea made a blistering begin to the sport, and located themselves in entrance inside the primary three minutes as Willian’s free-kick on the right-hand facet was met by the pinnacle of Antonio Rudiger, who scored his third aim of the season.
The aim means the Stoke have nonetheless solely managed to maintain two clear sheets up to now this season, and issues solely received worse for the Potters. Simply 5 minutes later it was 2-Zero, after Pedro’s deflected cross landed within the path of Drinkwater, who unleashed a shocking half-volley from 20-yards out which sailed previous Jack Butland into the highest nook to double the hosts’ lead.
The bombardment from Chelsea saved coming with Stoke struggling to get out of their very own half, and so they quickly paid one other hefty worth. Pedro acquired the ball from Willian on the sting on the field, and drove a low effort into Butland’s backside right-hand nook to make it Three-Zero to the house facet lower than half an hour into the sport.
Chelsea in a hungry temper as they continued to press ahead, nevertheless with simply 5 minutes till half time, Stoke thought they’d discovered a method again into the match.
Towards the run of play, Charlie Adam performed an correct lengthy ball excessive of the Chelsea defence which Diouf managed and neatly slotted past Thibaut Cortious, nevertheless Diouf was judged to have dealt with the ball while bringing it beneath management, ruling out the aim a lot to the frustration of the ahead.
The second half started how the primary half ended, with an opportunity for Stoke in opposition to the run of play. This time after a spell of Chelsea possession, Adam performed by way of Berahino who beat Gary Cahill for tempo, nevertheless a powerful hand by Cortouis turned his effort away from aim as Chelsea continued to frustrate the guests.
The hosts continued to pepper the Stoke Metropolis aim with probabilities, and the stress quickly compelled one other error from the Stoke defence after Geoff Cameron introduced down Willian within the field to reward Chelsea a penalty. Willian himself stepped up and despatched Butland the improper technique to make it Four-Zero.
Stoke regarded useless and buried, and Chelsea took full benefit when Davide Zappacosta picked the ball up on the sting of the world and caught a low effort previous Butland to make it 5-Zero simply two minutes shy of damage time, to finish what was a really pleasurable day on the workplace for Antonio Conte and his facet.
The win now means Chelsea have leapfrogged Manchester United into second place, though United have a sport in hand, and have now gone 5 video games with out defeat. As for Stoke, they drop one place to 14th, and have now conceded 46 objectives this season – essentially the most within the Premier League.