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Gary Cahill reveals why he went 'absolutely berserk' after Stoke victor

20 March 2017, 05:44 | Joan Schultz

GETTYChelsea celebrate after Gary Cahill's winner against Stoke

Gary Cahill

With the teams level after 70 minutes, Conte - who was without star forward Eden Hazard due to a reported muscle injury - changed his much-vaunted 3-4-3 formation to a 4-2-3-1 and Chelsea responded by upping the pressure to force a late victor. "Come the end of the season, it could be absolutely massive for us".

On the game itself, Conte observed: "For sure, an important win against a strong team. We were ready to fight and I'm pleased with this".

Stoke would start their year off well with a victory against Watford, but would only win 3 games after that.

It means Antonio Conte's men will have to suffer a mighty collapse in the final 10 League games of the campaign to miss out on the Premier League trophy. While midtable Bournemouth climbed nine points clear of the drop zone, Swansea is only one place and three points from danger.

Chelsea's away form has been tremendous this season, with their home record not far behind.

Chelsea secured a huge win at Stoke on Saturday, with many eluding to their champion-like qualities to get the job done at the bet365 Stadium... This latest win should, at last, put to bed any ideas of them slipping up.

While Chelsea continue to enjoy a comfortable lead over their rivals in their chase for the Premier League title, Conte prefers not to look at our opponents.

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Hughes also questioned whether Cahill should still have been on the pitch after shoving Jon Walters to concede the penalty Walters deposited for 1-1 on 38.

"Sometimes a player who, in the last two years or so, didn't play well goes on to have a fantastic season". The ball dropped kindly for them and they got the victor. They have those memories and understand what it takes.

"It is not about formations and systems, it is more about how the players execute what they are asked to do".

The visitors' dominance continued unchecked and they should have moved two up in the 30th minute, Victor Moses scooping the ball into the box for Alonso, who drilled his shot straight at Grant.

"There are certain movements and patterns that they repeat and it clearly comes from the training ground".

The main pattern of the second half was more and more pressure from Chelsea, and the odd threatening set piece of counter from Stoke.

"When they kicked him, he remained calm and that's very good for us because in the worst case, he would have got a second yellow card and been out of the game", Courtois told British media.

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