The defending champions have strengthened their position on the league table following a dominated 4-0 scoreline in the Premier League clash of Stoke City vs Chelsea.
The home team is really very difficult to be beaten at their home. Reportedly, they have already defeated Arsenal and drew with Manchester United earlier in this season. But the reigning champions had some different ideas irrespective of those results.
The visitors opened their account in the 2nd minute of the game, as the Spanish forward Alvaro Morata received a wonderful ball from Cesar Azpilicueta beating all the defenders. The ex-Real Madrid forward took the advantage of being unmarked and sent the ball into the back of the net.
In the 30th minute, the home team’s dreadful defensive mistake gifted Chelsea another goal. Former Manchester United player Darren Fletcher placed the chest-received ball on the path of the Chelsea winger Pedro Rodriguez. The Spaniard registered his name on the scoresheet with a beautiful finish into the back of the net.
In the 78th minute of the game, Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata utilized another defensive mistake by the home team. He received a deflected ball at the left end and successfully went past three defenders before finishing clinically.
Chelsea’s domination continued as the Spanish forward scored his first hattrick as a Chelsea player in the 82nd minute of the game. Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas wonderfully delivered a long ball into the ball and picked Cesar Azpilicueta’s chest. The Spanish defender cushioned the ball for his international teammate to finish his hattrick as well as fourth for his side.
With the scoreline, Chelsea have moved to the third place on the table and they will be locking their horns against Atletico Madrid on the Champions League fixture on Wednesday.
Stoke City vs Chelsea Team News:
Stoke City (3-4-3): Jack Butland; Glen Johnson, Bruno Martins Indi (76;), Eric Pieters; Mame Biram Diouf, Darren Fletcher, Joe Allen, Ramadan Sobhi; Xherdan Shaqiri, Jese Rodriguez (61′), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Stoke City Subs: Lee Grant, Harry Souttar, Josh Tymon, Charlie Adam, Ibrahim Afellay (76′), Peter Crouch (61′), Saido Berahino.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; Victor Moses, Tiemou Bakayoko, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso (59′); Willian (72′), Pedro Rodriguez (68′), Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea Subs: Wilfredo Caballero, Gary Cahill (59′), Cesc Fabregas (68′), Davide Zappacosta, Eden Hazard (72′), Charly Musonda, Michy Batshuayi.
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