Yesterday was a game of contradictions, despite one of our best performances at home for a couple of months, we only just limped over the line against Stoke City. The game was packed with incident, a world class goal and a potentially medium term injury to Diego Costa.
During the game we dominated possession and attempts in a high tempo and dominant performance yet lacked the goals, meaning we relied on errors to secure the points.
The Chelsea goals came from a penalty and quick thinking from Willian after a mistake from Amir Begovic with Hazard taking it on and giving Loic Remy a tap in.
The Stoke goal was one for the ages, an iconic goal that could win goal of the decade let alone goal of the year. Breaking from a suspected foul on Eden Hazard 80 yards from goal Stoke brought the ball out and seeing Courtois off his like, let fly with a swerving shot from 65 yards that a scrambling Courtois could only parry into the net.
The star performers of the game were Willian and Eden Hazard. Willian was tireless in his work and was bright to set up the winning move. Hazard was magnificent drifting all over the pitch, taking on defenders, holding the ball and setting up chance after chance.
With Chelsea level at half time Mourinho took a gamble by bringing on Diego Costa for an ineffective Oscar, the gamble did not work as Costa lasted just 10 minutes before limping off with a hamstring injury that could keep him out for weeks.
Therefore the impetus was on Remy and Drogba as it may be for a key part of the season to get the decisive goal.
A world class goal but Chelsea take the points in a commanding performance that lacked the ruthless streak of goals. The title mathematics is now five wins and a draw from 8 games and no one will be able to catch Chelsea.