Cahill Scores Winner For Chelsea, Blues Believe Premiership Is Theirs

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea need to win seven of their final 10 games of the season in order to be crowned Premier League champions after inching closer with an important late win away at Stoke City.

87' - GOAL! Stoke 1-2 Chelsea (Cahill).

In a moment of clarity, Costa did play the pass to release Alonso in the build up to Willian's free-kick goal, but much of his opening 45 minutes was a running battle with Stoke defenders, who appeared to be taking turns to foul and rile him.

Diego Costa had looked to be in one of those moods from the start as he clashed with Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Bruno Martins Indi and got short shrift from referee Anthony Taylor each time.

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Hazard has been in stunning form this season, scoring 11 Premier League goals. In fact he's never been shown a red card in his nearly three seasons in the Premier League, despite his confrontational style of play, showing he knows exactly what he's doing.

"But I'm not anxious about this because Eden is very strong physically, and he's showed me he's able to play in this league".

Surprisingly it took Costa 17 minutes to take the bait and earn the game's first booking for dissent.

13' - GOAL! Stoke 0-1 Chelsea (Willian). A corner isn't cleared by Pieters and falls to Cahill eight yards out who smashes in.

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Pedro blazed over a good chance to restore the visitors' lead before Bardsley clattered into Costa to be booked in the final stages of a tempestuous half. Subs: Diouf 6, Crouch n/a. Subs: Fabregas 6, Loftus-Cheek 6, Zouma n/a. (Getty Images) The win puts Chelsea 13 points clear at the top of the table.

Courtois remained untested during Stoke's period of pressure, but there were chances for Mark Hughes's side as first Walters and then Ramadan Sobhi lacked the composure to make the most of two opportunities in quick succession. They were made to work for their 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge at the end of a year ago and are likely to face a tough game in what is traditionally a hard place for away sides.

However, the assistant's flag went up - possibly for offside against Saido Berahino, who could also have been punished for a push on Pedro.

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