Cahill's late goal earns Chelsea 2-1 victory againstStoke

The Stoke manager laughed off suggestions that his team had deliberately targeted the Chelsea centre-forward during their 2-1 win in the Potteries, a game in which Costa spent much of the first half arguing with officials, tangling with Stoke defenders and running the risk of being shown a second yellow card.

"The great news is that Diego is showing to be a great player also in this aspect".

I know that in previous seasons he has received a yellow card early and reacted badly but this season he has shown a great commitment and to play for the team and not himself.

Willian's opener had been cancelled out by a Jonathan Walters penalty in the first half, but Gary Cahill's late victor put his side within seven wins of being crowned champions of England against a Stoke side who finished the match with 10 men. "I think it detracts from what a good player he is".

The Italian swung jubilantly from the dugout after Gary Cahill had scored the late victor in the 2-1 victory and afterwards embraced players and staff joyfully as Chelsea moved 13 points clear of their pursuers.

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'They've found a way of playing, a formula, an understanding of the manager's ideas.

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will look to close the gap back down to 10 when they take on Southampton and Liverpool respectively on Sunday.

"I played in that position for many years and I think he's an outstanding striker, but on occasions he's got elements of his play that he doesn't need to have. We won and wins are all that matter at this stage of the season". Maybe that's how he generates his feeling in the game and when he's able to produce his best work.

Dion Dublin has claimed that Antonio Conte's passion is the key reason why Chelsea are set to be crowned Premier League champions this season. "Today was an important win for us and if good results arrive from other games we are happy". There are 10 games to go.

"It's hard to take because we played well, we created some chances as well and I think we should have got a point".

  • Regina Holmes