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Moses helps Chelsea wallop Stoke 5-0

Eden Hazard DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS AFP Getty Images
Chelsea Rogers | 31 December, 2017, 07:43

Chelsea eased to a 5-0 victory against a much-changed Stoke City side in their English Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

At the interval, the mood around Stamford Bridge was infectious as the points were seemingly in the bag and the Blues nearly paid the price for switching off as Charlie Adam released Sadio Berahino for a one-on-one but Thibaut Courtois was alert to the danger and made a vital stop to preserve his clean-sheet.

Even if a successful title defence is unlikely, there is still silverware up for grabs in three other competitions in the second half of the season. I'm very pleased with the performance of all my players and to finish with another clean sheet. To be able to do this with your first chance, I will remember this year forever. We must go game by game.

Chelsea's squad is stocked so heavily with talent that the absences of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Christensen in the interests of squad rotation went nearly unnoticed against hapless Stoke yesterday. The Englishman was superb in midfield and played a great role in supporting N'Golo Kante.

Vardy has always been a thorn in the side of the Merseysiders and he took his tally to seven in eight appearances against them, but Jurgen Klopp's side have someone in even better form and they needed him to finally overcome another nemesis in Claude Puel.

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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.

Davide Zappacosta scored a late fifth from 20 yards out as the Blues made it five wins from their last six games.

"I made decisions that I feel will help us, certainly with the game on Monday". It is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am happy to be here and I am enjoying my football, so I am very delighted with everything.

"We've got Joe Allen available, (Xherdan) Shaqiri available, (Eric Maxim) Choupo-Moting, Kurt Zouma as well".

Erik Pieters could return, however, after missing the last two games with a hip injury. I don't know if [they will be ready for] the next game but for sure the game against Norwich.

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