Conte relaxed after rotation risk works out well for Chelsea

Stoke are facing a defensive crisis with Shawcross Martins Indi and Zouma all ruled out injured

Stoke are facing a defensive crisis with Shawcross Martins Indi and Zouma all ruled out injured

It was however not the same happy ending for other Nigerian players whose club were also in action in Saturday's Premier League games.

The defending Premier League champions will be looking to extend their excellent run in west London since a disappointing 1-0 loss to leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge back in September.

But this season so far has been probably the worst of Sparky's 4.5-year stint in the Potteries (incidentally, that's the 11th longest tenure among the 92 clubs of the Premier League and the Football League). We must pay great attention.

Danny Drinkwater is expected to come in for Tiemoue Bakayoko, with N'golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas holding onto their place in midfield and Eden Hazard and top their top goalscorer Alvaro Morata will likely lead the line for Antonio Conte's men once again.

"I don't know if we can do this for the title because it depends on Manchester City, who are doing something extraordinary".

"Today we were very good, we started very well and to score twice after 15 minutes, another clean sheet, there are a lot of positives after this game", the former Juventus boss told reporters.

"We need to have all my players in the best form, and we know very well in January will be a hard time because of the games, and in February the Champions League starts again, so I need all my players at the top of their game". "We've scored less, but we've conceded less, too".

"I made decisions that I feel will help us, certainly with the game on Monday. I have to give the players a bit of rest". Stoke have picked up four points in their last two games after losing three straight. If we can get the win we hope we will get against Newcastle, then this Christmas period will have been a good return. "We will do our best to finish as high as we can this season". They played out a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield at the Kirklees Stadium on Tuesday and after 20 games this season, they've only managed to accumulate 20 points to their name.

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