Willian starts as injured Eden Hazard ruled out

Mar 19, 2017, 00:13
Willian starts as injured Eden Hazard ruled out

Victor Moses is expected to be available despite being substituted during Monday night's FA Cup triumph over Manchester United with a calf complaint. He earning himself an early booking and was also involved in incidents which saw yellow cards shown to Bruno Martins Indi and Phil Bardsley.

Chelsea have recorded just two wins in their last seven visits to Stoke in all competitions (D3 L2) - 2-0 in December 2014 and 4-0 in January 2013.

"The great news is that Diego is showing to be a great player also in this aspect".

Hazard's superb performances have made him one of the stand-out contributors for Chelsea in a season that could end with a league and cup double.

Eden Hazard is the only major absentee from Antonio Conte's Chelsea side that will play Stoke City this afternoon after the Belgian suffered a leg muscle injury in training this week. For the first, a 1-0 away win over Sunderland on December 14, it was Cesc Fabregas who provided what Conte calls the "fantasy" in attack, winning Man of the Match and scoring the game's only goal.

"But today it is important against a strong team and in a stadium with a great atmosphere".

How effective was Stoke's game plan?

The result has been that Chelsea FC have nearly cantered to the Premier League title. "He's been a tremendous addition to the squad, and he's won us the game which was great".

"If you try to stop one area of their progression then they will open up other areas of the pitch and are able to attack in another way".

Hughes' men looked on course for a hard-earned point at the bet365 Stadium until Gary Cahill struck in the 87th minute to hand Chelsea all three points and move them 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

It wouldn't be fair to call Chelsea a one-man team under Antonio Conte this season.

"My players were prepared to fight to win this game because it wasn't easy". I really enjoyed it - a good Premier League game with no quarter given or asked.

Conte's delirious celebrations at the final whistle were the biggest compliment of all to Hughes, even though he is unlikely to interpret them as such.