Football: Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City, watch willian score twice to give the blues 13 straight wins


Chelsea survived a minor scare against Stoke to make it 13 Premier League wins in a row.

The Blues were pegged back twice by Stoke at Stamford Bridge before eventually running out comfortable winners.

imagesGary Cahill headed Chelsea in front after 34 minutes but Bruno Martins Indi levelled for Stoke just after the break.

Willian slammed in his first to put Chelsea back in front only for Peter Crouch to side foot in from close range to make it

But Willian struck again a minute later to put Chelsea in front for the third time before Diego Costa put the game to bed in the 85th minute

Watch Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City goal highlights

Another week, another landmark reached for Antonio Conte’s history makers.

This victory over Stoke made it 13 league wins in a row. Unlucky for some but certainly not for Chelsea.

That equalled the top flight record for consecutive wins in the same season set by Preston and Sunderland in 1891-92 and matched by Arsenal in…

Next up, Chelsea try to equal Arsenal’s Premier League record 14 wins in row at Tottenham on Wednesday, though that was set over two seasons in 2002.

The questions keep being asked of Chelsea and they keep answering them emphatically.

In this 13-game winning run they have faced pretty much every type of challenge they could come up against and continued to secure victories.

This was another narrow win to go along with the ones against Middlesbrough, Tottenham, West Brom, Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

But the test this time was Chelsea’s response to having their aura of invincibility genuinely punctured, albeit briefly.

Stoke became the first side to score twice against Chelsea since Arsenal in September, the pivotal game that sparked the formation change and winning run.

But the Blues are a different and significantly more resilient outfit now, dusted themselves down after conceding and hit back quickly before cruising to victory.

After a bit of back and forth with Derby Stoke have finally landed Lee Grant for around £1m.

He has already paid that off this season with some of his displays and the sum they will pay out to keep him for the rest of the campaign will be money well spent.

The veteran stopper, 33, has excelled since arriving on loan from Derby and continued his impressive form against Chelsea.

His saves from Diego Costa, three times, Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard prevented the damage being much worse than it could have been

JS116899789_AFP_Chelsea27s-Brazilian-born-Spanish-striker-medium_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqA7N2CxnJWnYI3tCbVBgu9WVLDaeaWzlxIQpTU2T6YjQWith five minutes remaining, the Blues all but sealed the three points when Diego Costa – who was magnificent as a target-man – shrugged off the attentions of Martins Indi to fire in the fourth.

Premier League leaders Chelsea equalled the top flight record of 13 consecutive wins in a single season after overcoming valiant Stoke in a thriller at Stamford Bridge.

An exceptionally entertaining second half witnessed five goals as the Blues were twice made to retake the lead by a Potters side who gave them one of their toughest tests this season.

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