Stoke City vs. Chelsea: Score and Reaction from 2017 Premier League Match
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 9:25
Though not mathematically certain it is nearly inevitable that Chelsea will fill one of the much sought after Champion League positions; Antonio Conte will be looking forward in engaging the best of Europe's top sides. "I know that in the past sometimes he received two yellow cards or he finished before the game but in this season I have to be pleased for him, for his behaviour".
But Stoke fans didn't have long to wait before cheering a legitimate goal when they were awarded a penalty after Cahill shoved Walters at a Pieters free kick.
"I've just said downstairs - if you want to be a little bit pedantic about it - clearly there was a lot of emotion flying around the place when they scored the victor and a lot of their players flying into the crowd and whatever were on yellow cards, and they were a little bit fortunate in terms of not getting red cards themselves".
Antonio Conte says Chelsea's switch to a back four during the second half at Stoke showed they are prepared to take risks in order to win matches.
"We wanted a competitive game and I think that's what it was".
"It is not simple to receive a yellow card after a few minutes but Diego has been showing this season, not only this game, to be very disciplined".
Jose Mourinho's men replace Arsenal in fifth after the Gunners went down 3-1 at West Brom on Saturday, further questioning Arsene Wenger's future at the club, and they are now level on points with Everton after Ronald Koeman's men thrashed relegation-threatened Hull 4-0 at Goodison Park.
He added: "The manager said at half-time it was important to net get brought into the scrap with Stoke and we just had to stay patient and keep playing our football". There are 10 games to go, today was a great win, a good signal, but it is important to continue with the same commitment and work rate as a team.
Victory for Chelsea made it 12 games unbeaten in all competitions and they are now 13 points clear of second-placed Tottenham, who face Southampton on Sunday. I like to think that now we need to take 21 points to be sure to win the league.
"We didn't do that", Hughes protested, "more likely he targeted our players. No quarter given or asked".
"That is why he didn't play", the Italian said. I'm delighted that we've won again.
Cahill was the central figure on the day after giving away a penalty in the first half that Stoke forward Jonathan Walters converted.