Chelsea hit five against sorry Stoke

Willian scored one goal and set up two more as Chelsea cranked up the pressure on Mark Hughes with a thumping 5-0 win over Stoke.

Chelsea were three up at half-time as a sensational Danny Drinkwater volley came between goals from Antonio Rudiger and Pedro, both laid on by the brilliant Willian.

The Brazilian wrapped up the scoring in the second half by earning a penalty and then converting it, before substitute Davide Zappacosta added a fifth late on.

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Star man – Willian

The Brazilian has not always been an automatic starter for Chelsea this season but he was on fire here, laying on two goals before scoring his own from the penalty spot in the second half. With Eden Hazard left on the bench, Antonio Conte now has a selection headache ahead of next week’s game at Arsenal.

View from the dugout

Mark Hughes
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Conte rested Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko and the decision paid off handsomely with Chelsea now heading to the Emirates Stadium next week fresher and full of confidence. Mark Hughes may not have identified this as one of his side’s more winnable fixtures but he could have done without a hammering. If Stoke fail to beat Newcastle at home on Monday, the pressure on him will increase again.

Data point

Chelsea have now won seven Premier League games in a row at home.

Player ratings

Darren Fletcher
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois 5, Antonio Rudiger 7, Gary Cahill 5, Cesar Azpilicueta 6, Victor Moses 6, Danny Drinkwater 8, N’Golo Kante 7, Marcos Alonso 6, Pedro 7, Willian 9, Alvaro Morata 4. Subs: Davide Zappacosta (for Moses, 57) 7, Tiemoue Bakayoko (for Kante, 65) 6, Michy Batshuayi (for Morata, 71) 5.Stoke: Jack Butland 6, Thomas Edwards 4, Geoff Cameron 4, Kevin Wimmer 5, Josh Tymon 4, Darren Fletcher 5, Charlie Adam 6, Mame Biram Diouf 6, Ibrahim Afellay 5, Ramadan Sobhi 6, Saido Berahino 5. Subs: Julien Ngoy (for Afellay, 71) 5; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (for Adam, 80) 5.

Who’s up next?

Arsenal v Chelsea (Premier League, January 3)

Stoke v Newcastle (Premier League, January 1)

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