Conte impressed by 'very positive' Chelsea solidity

Conte impressed by 'very positive' Chelsea solidity

But while City failed to seal victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday, a 0-0 draw meant that they matched their neighbours' feat in building the biggest New Year lead in history. "To be able to do this on your first chance, I will remember this year forever".

"We managed the game well".

The hosts raced into a 3-0 lead midway through the first half thanks to Antonio Rudiger, Pedro and Drinkwater as Stoke were brushed aside easily.

But Conte, who himself rested Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, insists rotation is inevitable during the draining Christmas schedule. We can take confidence from this into the Arsenal game - but it's a totally different game.

"Every win is important for us".

"I don't think you can play relaxed in this type of game in England, but I was very pleased to finish the game with another clean sheet". I think that we're showing good solidity - if you compare this season with last season, we scored less but we conceded less. The win was then put beyond any doubt when Pedro collected Willian's lay off from about 20-yards before firing across goal in similar fashion to his goal against Stoke earlier in the season.

He added: "I'm happy with my goal, it's a nice feeling to score".

A late Willian penalty and a fine individual effort from Davide Zappacosta completed the scoring in a game that had long since ceased to be a contest.

As many raised eyebrows at Mark Hughes's selection for his Stoke XI at Stamford Bridge, the Blues tore Potters apart.

"We've got Joe Allen available, (Xherdan) Shaqiri available, (Eric Maxim) Choupo-Moting, Kurt Zouma as well".

"I rested a number of players who have been carrying slight knocks so that they will be fresh and ready to go on Monday". "We didn't have the tools to have a go at Chelsea". At times they'll make mistakes and at this level you get punished.

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