Chelsea vs Stoke
Stoke were always likely to be beaten at Chelsea on Saturday.
Mark Hughes returned to Stamford Bridge with a defence missing a host of stars.
Kurt Zouma was out of the game as per the terms of his season long loan deal from Chelsea.
Bruno Martins Indi was already ruled out with a long term injury. Also out of contention were Erik Pieters, Glen Johnson and Ryan Shawcross.
And so it wasn’t a surprise the game was over inside 24 minutes.
Antonio Rudiger opened with a header. Danny Drinkwater doubled the lead with a stunner from outside the box – his first goal for Chelsea.
Pedro Rodriguez added a third with a fine strike from the edge of the Stoke area.
— VOOsport (@VOOsport) December 30, 2017
Willian singled out for praise
It’s not always been the easiest time for Willian at Chelsea this season.
Fans have often turned to on the Brazilian for his performances. Chelsea fans always seem to be divided over Willian.
Some of them love him, and others aren’t really big fans of the player, and along with Gary Cahill, he seems to get the most stick on Twitter.
But against Stoke, the South American earned praise for after two assists in the first half.
Willian delivered the free-kick fro Rudiger’s opener, before he teed up Pedro for number three.
In total this season Willian has scored twice and assisted six times in the Premier League for Chelsea.
Enjoy the Willian love-in below.
Willian with 2 assists in 23 minutes. Having a decent season for a rotation player. Of course, if you look at the #CFC Twitter account, because he's only scored 2, you'll see the worst of the football fans that every club has making the majority of their fan-base cringe…
— Kristian Sturt – Transfer News (@FootieWriter) December 30, 2017
Willian shifts his weight from left to right and sidesteps two men (aka, does his favorite move) and squares for Pedro whose first touch takes him away from his defender before he curls a quality finish to the far post. 3-0. #CFC pic.twitter.com/p9YtGvjuTi
— Chelsea GIFs (@ChelseaGIFs) December 30, 2017
Stoke will be absolutely sick of the sight of Willian 🤢.
He has been directly involved in four goals in his last four Premier League games against the Potters.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 30, 2017
Chelsea fans were trashing Willian for the entire hour before kickoff after teams were announced, now he's provided two assists & they are up 3-0. pic.twitter.com/CGCLRVQa1n
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) December 30, 2017
Willian's last 8 starts with Chelsea:
Haters gonna hate pic.twitter.com/ViHfMEeIlm
— Toma (@ChelseaHeroToma) December 30, 2017