The hallmark of title winners

The Italian remains utterly single-minded in his determination to secure the Premier League title, and was unaware until informed by journalists of Arsenal's defeat to West Brom earlier on Saturday. "You saw the celebrations - everyone knows what that game meant to win".

And with two world-class saves late on, Kasper Schmeichel illustrated why he should be ranked alongside the likes of Thibaut Courtois, David De Gea and Hugo Lloris among the Premier League's finest goalkeepers.

Hughes added that Phil Bardsley might have been unfortunate to get a second yellow card for a fouil at the death - particularly as Chelsea players already on a booking over celebrated with their fans a few minutes earlier after Gary Cahill's 86th minute victor.

Gary Cahill's 87th-minute effort sent Chelsea 13 points clear at the Premier League summit with a 2-1 victory over Stoke City in a tempestuous encounter at the bet365 Stadium.

After Cahill had given Chelsea deserved lead, ultimately sealing their 19th win in their last 22 league games, Stoke's misery was completed when Phil Bardsley received his marching orders in the dying seconds after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Cesc Fabregas.

"For sure this is an important win". We are happy with the game - it is always hard but we played a good game, kept calm and had the opportunity to score the second goal.

"After four or five 50-50 moments where the referee can whistle or not whistle, he gets a bit angry and gets a yellow card", Belgian worldwide Courtois added.

Stoke left gaps at the back as they pushed for an equaliser and Costa hit post before Ruben Loftus-Cheek was denied his first goal of the season in stoppage time.

"It is not about formations and systems, it is more about how the players execute what they are asked to do".

"Everybody can see my football, the team is doing very well".

Grant says he was frustrated to have conceded such a sloppy free-kick from Willian but did feel he had gone on to play well, making vital saves to keep out Marcos Alonso and Pedro. But it soon became clear that Mark Hughes wanted his players to hassle Chelsea all over the pitch, led by the more mobile Walters and Saido Berahino.

Moses spent the three seasons prior to this one out on loan with Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham before returning to Chelsea last summer. Also, the flinging himself into the crowd of adoring Chelsea fans.



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