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Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City player ratings: Danny Drinkwater gets an 8 in dominant Blues performance

Marcos Alonso, Willian, Davide Zappacosta

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Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City player ratings: Danny Drinkwater gets an 8 in dominant Blues performance

Chelsea were ruthless in their pursuit of climbing up to second in the Premier League as the Blues put five goals past Stoke City.

From the first to the final whistle, Antonio Conte’s side were all over the visitors as Antonio Rudiger’s header put us ahead in the third minute.

Antonio Rudiger

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Just five minutes later, Danny Drinkwater’s half-volley looped over Jack Butland into the top corner. The Englishman was superb in midfield and played a great role in supporting N’Golo Kante.

Danny Drinkwater

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In the 23rd minute, Pedro scored his first goal at Stamford Bridge since October. The Spaniard created his own space as he made it 3-0 to Chelsea.

Pedro

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Mark Hughes’ side did have there chances with Mame Diouf’s goal being ruled out as he appeared to handle the ball. Sadio Berahino also had a one-on-one chance early in the second half but was denied by Thibaut Courtois.

Other than that, most of the action came from Chelsea attacking at will. Alvaro Morata should have scored at least once but it wasn’t his day.

Willian who also starred in this thumping win, made no mistake in converting his own penalty from the spot. The game was well and truly put to bed by then as the Brazilian scored in the 73rd minute.

Willian

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Second-half subsitute Davide Zappacosta added even more gloss to the scoreline with a well-taken goal with only a few minutes till the end.

Davide Zappacosta

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In a game where Eden Hazard was on the bench, Conte unsurprisingly didn’t bring on the Belgian as his team were emphatic.

A far greater test against Arsenal at The Emirates will see Hazard fresh for the upcoming match on Wednesday.

Here are our player ratings from the 5-0 win against Stoke:

Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 6, Cahill 6, Rudiger 7, Moses 6, Kante 6, Drinkwater 8, Alonso 6, Willian 8, Morata 4, Pedro 8

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Adrian
2 years ago

As a Stoke City supporter, I have to say a) You made it look like a training session (something needs to be done with Stoke and PDQ. b) If not for Jack Butland you may well have been talking about double figures here. Well done…deserved result, just highlights what a… Read more »

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