Arsenal leading Real Madrid and Barcelona in race to sign David Luiz from Chelsea

Chelsea walloped Stoke City 5-0 on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, running their clean sheet streak to 360 minutes and giving the Blues 32 of their last 39 available points.

Alvaro Morata in action during the English Premier League football match against Brighton and Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2017.

Following a slow start to the campaign, Chelsea fans will wonder if they could have mounted a credible title defence had they found their form sooner. "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".


Chelsea will be hoping to move into second place when they take on Stoke at Stamford Bridge - LIVE on talkSPORT 2. It is normal when you have to play every two days, I have to make rotations to give rest to the players that are playing every game.

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. We are looking good in training but it is not going to be an easy game even with the position Stoke are in at the moment. Already leading the league with 41 goals conceded, Stoke could be in for a long day (through with Chelsea's recent conversion rate issues, perhaps not).

We know it will be hard but we will go their looking to get something out of the game. We have scored less, but conceded less.


The former Juventus and Italy manager went on to admit that the decision to sign new players was out of his hands in his role of head coach at the Blues, with the board instead being responsible for acting on his urge to sign new players: "I'm a coach; I have to work with my players and my task is on the pitch", he said.

"We are a good group, we are working well together and we have to keep working and getting results".

Erik Pieters could return, however, after missing the last two games with a hip injury.


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