Stoke City 1 Chelsea 2: Gary Cahill's late winner sends resilient Blues 13 points clear
Saturday 18/March/2017 - 10:16 PM
Antonio Conte was so consumed with the joy of Gary Cahill’s winner that he grasped the lip of the dugout and heaved himself up until his chin was above the roof، celebrating the kind of victory that tells a manager his team have got what it takes to win a Premier League title.
There were minutes to spare when Cahill lashed in a ball loose in the Stoke City area، and Conte’s reaction was exactly what you would expect of a highly excitable Italian who has just seen his team take a major step towards the title. They had to fight the home side every inch of the way but these are the sort of victories - unexpected، hard-won، and heart-breaking for the opposition - that make a successful season.
For a short time there was a faint ray of light briefly glimpsed by the chasing two of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City but it was extinguished with that winning goal. Chelsea are now 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and all the questions will be asked of their pursuers when they come to play on Sunday.