Chelsea: We like it that Stoke played weakened team against us

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Chelsea's in fine form and looking primed to challenge for second place in the Premier League, and that has Antonio Conte in a fairly relaxed mindset regarding his roster.

The west London side return to Premier League action on Wednesday night with a trop to Arsenal.

"This year was a fantastic year because to win the title in England is not easy". However, the defending Italian champions are also interested in Luiz and selling to a foreign club holds more appeal to Chelsea than strengthening a rival for the English Champions League spots. "We started the game very well, with great desire to score early. To be able to do this on your first chance, I will remember this year forever".

Conte has spent much of the season grumbling about his squad's lack of depth after Chelsea failed to land his top targets in the summer.

It'd be hard for Conte not to be encouraged after he left Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Andreas Christensen out of his lineup and still clobbered a Premier League opponent.

"I am very happy to work with my players".

Danny Drinkwater broke Stoke's spirits six minutes later as he rifled a half-volley home from almost 25 metres to net a spectacular first goal for Chelsea.

Hughes admitted afterwards he had prioritised Monday's crunch game at home to Newcastle by leaving out key players, with Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all on the bench. 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.