Things We Learnt From Chelsea 5-0 Stoke

Things We Learnt From Chelsea 5-0 Stoke

Antonio Conte is optimistic about Chelsea's prospects in the new year, despite admitting that it is "not realistic" to expect his side to catch up with the runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The Potters managed to hold on until the whistle without conceding again but in the second half it was one-way traffic once again.

Pedro fired home from 20 yards to put the game beyond Stoke's reach inside the opening 25 minutes, while Willian's penalty and a late Davide Zappacosta effort put the gloss on a fine Chelsea display.

Danny Drinkwater further dampened Stoke's spirits six minutes later as he rifled a half-volley home from almost 25 metres to score his first-ever goal for the club.

"In this type of game if you are able to score early the game can become easy because your opponent has to change their plan and then gives more space to your striker. Last year, we were eliminated in the fourth round against West Ham". "I think we have a lot of great games to face".

It was all about North London side in the first half as they had little to do defensively.

Salah's persistence paid off just after the restart when he fired in from close range to level and struck his second, and 17th in the Premier League this season, in the 76th after shrugging off Harry Maguire and producing a composed finish. Chelsea's winger, meanwhile, had recently acknowledged his "admiration" for the white club, but had been more elusive in his statements about his possible future as a Madridista and had pointed out that every year the press places him in Real Madrid or in the Paris Saint-Germain. "But (on Hazard's new contract) these are private conversations between the player and the club", Conte added. "This was a fantastic year", the 48-year-old told reporters.

"We started very well and had great desire to score". To win the title in England is not simple. The Blues defeated Brighton 2-0 in their Boxing Day game, with Álvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso scoring.

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