Eden Hazard has been in awesome form this season of the Premier League and it is nowhere more evident than Antonio Conte's comments regarding the player.
Right wing-back Moses had been a doubt for the trip to the bet365 Stadium, having failed to finish Monday's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Manchester United due to a calf injury.
On the plus side for Conte, Chelsea were already a goal to the good by then!
Chelsea have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to 13 points following a 3 - 1 win over Stoke although Tottenham have a game in hand against Southampton.
- Chelsea have lost only one of their last 22 Premier League games, winning 19 (D2).
It was Willian who opened the scoring for the Blues early in the first-half.
Willian (Chelsea). Replacing Eden Hazard, who missed the game through injury, the Brazilian looked Chelsea's most risky player throughout and his great awareness lead to the first goal.
Stoke's misery was compounded when Phil Bardsley was shown a second yellow for catching the Spaniard late in the final seconds.
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Three-pointers by Lemar and Darius Graham helped the Aggies equal their largest lead of nine points at 52-43 with 11:47 left. They grab just 29 percent of their misses, which probably has something to do with being in the 300s in average height.
Stoke left gaps at the back as they pushed for an equaliser and Costa hit post before Ruben Loftus-Cheek was denied his first goal of the season in stoppage-time.
Mark Hughes meanwhile played the ideal host with some kind words for the visitors in his programme notes.
In a moment of clarity, Costa did play the pass to release Alonso in the build up to Willian's free-kick goal, but much of his opening 45 minutes was a running battle with Stoke defenders, who appeared to be taking turns to foul and rile him.
Along with Kante he's a front runner for the Premier League Player of the Season award, having rediscovered his form following a dip a year ago under Jose Mourinho.
"It was a clear penalty and correctly given, but he's the last man", Hughes said.
Chelsea have signed only four players since Conte was appointed 12 months ago, and only one of those, N'Golo Kante, was specifically requested by the manager, a point he is understood to have made forcibly in recent discussions with the club about transfer plans for next season.
13' - GOAL! Stoke 0-1 Chelsea (Willian).