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Chelsea's final game of 2017 saw them record an emphatic win over the Potters and move up to second in the Premier League table, with Manchester United taking on Southampton in the evening kickoff.

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

At the interval, the mood around Stamford Bridge was infectious as the points were seemingly in the bag and the Blues nearly paid the price for switching off as Charlie Adam released Sadio Berahino for a one-on-one but Thibaut Courtois was alert to the danger and made a vital stop to preserve his clean-sheet.

Their team were already 3-0 down and pre-match fears that Mark Hughes had already effectively written off this game in favour of playing on New Year's Day against Newcastle United felt utterly vindicated. "For a first experience in the league, to win the title is not easy, so I have to thank the club for giving me this opportunity". I'm very pleased with the performance of all my players and to finish with another clean sheet.

"To be able to do this at your first chance is great".

"And for next year, we are still in four competitions".

It'd be hard for Conte not to be encouraged after he left Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Andreas Christensen out of his lineup and still clobbered a Premier League opponent.

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"We started very well and had great desire to score".

Thibaut Courtois will likely start between the sticks, with Antonio Rudiger making way for Andreas Christensen to come in and join Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta in defence.

The win was then put beyond any doubt when Pedro collected Willian's lay off from about 20-yards before firing across goal in similar fashion to his goal against Stoke earlier in the season.

Conte got goals from Davide Zappacosta and Antonio Rudiger to go with markers from Willian, Pedro, and Danny Drinkwater.

"And about [Charly] Musonda and Luiz, I think they are improving a lot and I think their recovery is very close". I have had conversations with the club and they know my opinion. "In February we restart the Champions League against Barcelona".

"This type of game, if you can score early it can become easy".


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