Chelsea are now 7 points clear to temporarily 2nd placed Arsenal with one game in hand.
Chelsea’s latest fixture was against Stoke City at the Stamford Bridge and it ended 2-1 in Chelsea’s favor. It was not an easy fixture for Mourinho’s men as they faced difficulties in scoring goals against the well organized Stoke defense. But in the end what mattered was three points and Chelsea were successful in getting them. Overall it was an exciting and breathtaking game between these two physical sides and here’s a brief match report of this game.
Stats Courtesy BBC
With the likes of their amazing goalkeeper Begovic, Stoke didn’t concede many goals in the first half. The goal did come in the first half in the 39th minute and it was a calmly taken penalty by Eden Hazard. Fabregas took the credit for earning the penalty as it was his movement inside the 6 yard box which confused the Stoke defender and Fabregas got fouled. While Stoke’s goal was a 63 yards wonder striker by Charlie Adam which went in because Courtois was not aware and didn’t expect the ball to come in, standing some way away from safety. The Belgian raced back to get a touch on the ball but it wasn’t enough to deny the goal. But whole lot of credit and appreciation goes to Adam for the ambitious strike which went in.
Talking about the playing style, Chelsea had great control over the game as they dominated possession for 61% of the time, shots, attempts on goal and every other aspect. Chelsea were rock solid in defense, the midfield was well organized and their moves were dangerous for the Stoke defenders. Loic Remy was playing upfront and was pretty great as he attempted a few shots on goal and his movements were lethal too.
2nd Half –
Chelsea were under pressure of scoring goals as the second half started. Chelsea handled the pressure quiet well as they were successful in getting a goal. The goal was scored by French man Loic Remy and was crafted by the maestro Hazard himself. It came in the 62nd minute as Hazard brilliantly took the advantage of Stoke’s sloppy mistake after being fed by Willian.
Chelsea had full control on the game in the second half as well. They dominated the game in every aspect and were close to getting the third one as well. A couple of unexpected substitutions were made by Jose and one of those was injured Diego Costa coming on for Oscar right at the break. But the guvnor didn’t last long and was taken off after 10 minutes due to a hamstring injury.
Overall it was an exciting game and a slightly bad one considering Chelsea standards. Chelsea showed great ambition and champion like instincts and got what they needed. These three points were very important especially during these stages as Chelsea still have a game in hand and they are 7 points clear to second placed Arsenal. If this level of ambitious play continues the title is Chelsea’s to lose.
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Edited By: Ojas