'Amazing' Hazard can handle himself in the Premier League, says Conte

  • 'Amazing' Hazard can handle himself in the Premier League, says Conte

'Amazing' Hazard can handle himself in the Premier League, says Conte

Chelsea are yet to confirm any details regarding Hazard's injury, but it serves to make him a doubt for Belgium's upcoming internationals against Greece and Russian Federation.

Costa played the pantomime villain expertly today, scrapping with Stoke players at every opportunity and picking up an early booking for dissent, but managed to avoid being sent off.

"It is Chelsea's title now and you could see from their celebrations, we ran them close", said Stoke manager Mark Hughes.

Cahill made amends for that mistake by netting an 87th-minute victor to extend Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League table.

- Chelsea have lost only one of their last 22 Premier League games, winning 19 (D2).

Willian had given Chelsea a first-half lead with an in swinging free-kick from the left that caught out keeper Lee Grant at his near post. And even on days when the "fantasy" of Hazard deserts them, Chelsea's dream season goes on unhindered.

Stoke's misery was compounded when Phil Bardsley was sent off for a second bookable offence in second-half stoppage time.

Jonathan Walters strikes from the spot for Stoke's equaliser. "More likely he targeted our players, to be perfectly honest".

"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".

Along with Kante he's a front runner for the Premier League Player of the Season award, having rediscovered his form following a dip previous year under Jose Mourinho.

13' - GOAL! Stoke 0-1 Chelsea (Willian).

For Conte, who believes Chelsea require a further 21 points from their final 1o matches to secure their sixth title, this was an especially pleasing victory achieved without Eden Hazard, who suffered a calf strain in training. It's debatable whether Stoke's approach met his standards, but the Premier League leaders have rarely been pushed so close this season.

And Stoke benefited from a contentious call three minutes later having been given a penalty as Walters went to ground having been nudged there by Cahill.

DF Kurt Zouma, NR - Replaced Willian after Cahill scored and added weight to Chelsea's defence.