Conte relaxed after rotation risk works out well for Chelsea

Dean Simpson
December 31, 2017

Mark Lawrenson believes Chelsea will ease to a 3-0 win against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

The Brazil global has fallen out of favour with Antonio Conte ever since Luiz questioned the Italian's tactics following a Champions League defeat against Roma in November.

The defending Premier League champions will be looking to extend their excellent run in west London since a disappointing 1-0 loss to leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge back in September. "For a first experience in the league, to win the title is not easy, so I have to thank the club for giving me this opportunity". Stoke City, in their current form aren't expected to give the reigning champions too much trouble, but Chelsea have had a bad record against relatively smaller teams this season.

"To win the the title in England is not easy and to be able to do this in your first chance, I think I will remember this year forever".

"There are many competitions and we must be very proud to play every game". Already leading the league with 41 goals conceded, Stoke could be in for a long day (through with Chelsea's recent conversion rate issues, perhaps not).

"Today we were very good, we started very well and to score twice after 15 minutes, another clean sheet, there are a lot of positives after this game", the former Juventus boss told reporters.

If there's one Chelsea player who Stoke will focus on more than the rest, it's No.9 Alvaro Morata.

It was however not the same happy ending for other Nigerian players whose club were also in action in Saturday's Premier League games. We have scored less, but conceded less. "I am the coach and I look after the things on the pitch, if the club can help us, it would be okay, but if they can't it will be okay as well".

"We might have Erik Pieters as well so the landscape of Monday's game changes completely for us hopefully".

"We are a good group, we are working well together and we have to keep working and getting results".

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