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Stoke 0 Chelsea 4

Stoke 0 Chelsea 4

Chelsea recorded an emphatic win at the Britannia Stadium to keep their Champions League ambitions intact.

Rafa Benitez made six changes for the trip to Stoke, compared to the eleven that started against Queens Park Rangers. Amongst them were Petr Cech, who returned from injury, Demba Ba, our January transfer window signing and Ryan Bertrand playing in midfield. On the bench, having played 45 minutes for the U21 side was John Terry, side-lined since early November with a knee injury.

First Half - Chelsea started well but Stoke had the first chance when a shot from Wilkinson was deflected straight to Jones but with the goal at his mercy he shot wide. The early chance seemed to inspire Stoke ad Chelsea were being pinned back with the home side spreading the ball out wide to the dangerous looking Jon Walters. The pressure was such that Demba Ba was forced to make two decent clearances.

Begovic then produced a decent save after Chelsea engineered a chance which resulted in Lampard striking a shot, from a Ba flick, from twelve yards out that the keeper kept out with his outstretched leg. Lampard then provided a great ball for Ba to strike but Begovic produced yet another good save to keep it at 0-0.

Now on top Chelsea were pushing to get that opening goal but as half time approached Cech was forced into a fine save from a rasping long range shot from Whelan. Just before the break though Chelsea were to take the lead when Azpilicueta delivered a telling cross that looked to be heading towards Mata only for Jon Walters to spectacularly beat his own keeper.

Second Half - Chelsea started the half well and a move involving Ba and Ashley Cole saw the full back force another good save out of Begovic, once again with an outstretched leg. Stoke were denied a penalty, correctly, when the female assistant, Sian Massey, advised the referee, Andre Marriner, that no offence had been committed by Azpilicueta, on Etherington, as the player was in fact offside.

Chelsea then doubled their lead courtesy of another own goal from Jon Waters when the Stoke player inadvertently saw the ball strike his head and fly into the net. Chelsea then stretched the lead to 3-0, in the 64th minute, when Lampard scored from the spot after Mata was fouled by Robert Huth in the area. The penalty saw Lampard become the second highest scorer in Chelsea`s history with 194 goals.

A ball to the far post, headed down by Bertrand saw Begovic produce another great save from Lampard. Ba was substituted by Torres before Eden Hazard made it 4-0 with a quite exquisite goal. The Belgian slipped past two challenges before unleashing a wonderful shot that beat Begovic from something like 35 yards out.

With the game safe Rafa introduced John Terry to give our captain some much needed game time replacing Juan Mata. Stoke won a late penalty when Terry got too close to Walters and fired well over the bar summing up his day.

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Date:Saturday January 12 2013
Time: 4:52PM


Uncle Merlin this has to be a record. this is fastest match report i have seen posted..Yikes the match just must really be fired up by the win!!
12/01/2013 16:56:00
lol - magical powers at my finger-tips!
12/01/2013 16:57:00
Game won. Quick article.
12/01/2013 17:00:00
we played really well .second half i was impressed .. i must admit i didnt think benitez got his selection right , but seems i was totally wrong , i am happy i was wrong
Don capon
12/01/2013 17:03:00
RAFA OUT.....I don't care if we win 10-0!
Blue in Colorado
12/01/2013 17:05:00
torres has 16 percent vote for man of match , i am really confused
Don capon
12/01/2013 17:07:00
One thing i can say about tubby is that he's extremely inconsistent, win two games, lose one' he really need to stick with a strong starting 11 and use the weak players as subs.
12/01/2013 17:07:00
Torres on the bench, Cech between the sticks, Lamps in the team, Terry back on the bench. The men are back in play. ~ Let's hope Torres gets the message and does a Collocini
12/01/2013 17:08:00
Congratulation Boys!!! Good win against very strong team. What a goal from Hazard beautiful....
12/01/2013 17:13:00
can't pick between hazard or lamps for man of the match
I hate CR7
12/01/2013 17:17:00
I still think beating Swansea 2-0 will be tough, but if we can keep Cech, Terry, Lamps, Mata & Ba fit we must surely finish 3rd.
12/01/2013 17:17:00
Eden hazard.keep it up.i must say i was very very impressed by your contribution 2day.i feel woah in my heart.thanks rafa n the night/day
12/01/2013 17:24:00
I was particularly thrilled by Hazard's all round play today,capped off with that scintilating strike...he is worth every penny of that 32mil spent on him. Lamps today made to be thinking twice about his contract situation...the board should really take im to the negotiating table. Cole too,simply a marvellous LB. I thought Rafa made that Ba sub quite early,unlike in that Swans game. That bloke can really be a joke sometimes.
12/01/2013 17:26:00
Hazard's scored the goal from 35, 30 or 25 yards?
12/01/2013 17:27:00
first of all...we need to stop the ryan experiment....he is waste there no point in playing him much match we need to make our managers realize that he wont work out there....and dont feck marin and oscar career....god they both are good talented players and let them play and get some time play or else they wont get time to gel with our them regulary...and in the end no matter what happen torres and rafa has to go way they should there in next season...
12/01/2013 17:27:00
Oops!! *typos* 'negotiation' not 'negotiating' please...and also 'lamps made me to be thinking twice...'
12/01/2013 17:30:00
The difference is Ba. He was winning ball in the air.
12/01/2013 17:31:00
We were pretty poor for the first half hour, but I'm glad they didn't get rattled and kept pushing. This squad has plenty of talent; it needs to show more character. I believe we saw that today.
12/01/2013 17:32:00
Lampard man of the Match,Hazard close second.
12/01/2013 17:32:00
Ryan played cause Rafa wanted to make sure Stoke don't get behind our left side and put crosses in and for me it worked, he his much more aggressive and energetic than Oscar but his final ball/confidence is not good as compared to Oscar. Defensively/Going forward: Ryan is not as good as Cole we all know that.
12/01/2013 17:33:00
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