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Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea win over Stoke City caps off a great year'

Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea win over Stoke City caps off a great year'

Antonio Conte has described Chelsea's 5-0 thrashing of Stoke City on Saturday as the ideal finish to a "great year" for the club.

While his side are lagging well behind leaders Manchester City in this season's title race, the Italian is still delighted with the way the last 12 months played out in west London.

The central defender is expected to be fit for Chelsea's game against Norwich in the FA Cup third round next weekend.

"This year was a fantastic year because to win the title in England is not easy. We have a lot of great games to face". "To be able to do this on your first chance, I will remember this year forever". "Not at all", Conte told Chelsea TV.

Yet the absences of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Christensen in the interest of squad rotation went nearly unnoticed against a hapless Stoke.

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The Blues dominated from the start in spite of resting Belgian star Hazard ahead of next week's clash at Arsenal.

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.

It was however not the same happy ending for other Nigerian players whose club were also in action in Saturday's Premier League games.

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.

Pedro fired home from 20 yards to put the game beyond Stoke's reach inside the opening 25 minutes, while Willian's penalty and a late Davide Zappacosta effort put the gloss on a fine Chelsea display.


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