Sobhi plays full match as Stoke City end 2017 in defeat
The Potters went for their classic 4-2-3-1 formation with Ramadan Sobhi starting on his favored left flank. The hosts surrendered possession to Chelsea in order for Hughes’ men to play on the counter attack.
But things didn’t really go well for Stoke in the opening minutes of the game. Chelsea managed to score from their first attempt on goal after Rudiger rose above everyone else to head the ball from Willian’s free-kick.
Hughes’ tactics were not working as effectively as he might have expected. Drinkwater doubled Chelsea’s lead just 6 minutes after the first goal via an amazing right-footed shot which found its way into the top corner of Butland’s goal.
The Blues were able to add onto their lead 23 minutes into the match after a well struck shot from Pedro into the bottom corner. There was absolutely nothing to mention from Stoke City in the first half.
Their approach had some improvements in the second half. Stoke’s attacking players had a couple of decent runs through Chelsea’s back line but were very poor in finishing their chances.
15 minutes away from the final whistle, Chelsea added their fourth goal from a penalty. Willian was fouled by Cameron, in the box, and the Brazilian slotted the ball right down the middle of the goal.
Chelsea didn’t settle for the 4-0 lead and went on to add a fifth in the 88th, thanks to Zappacosta. He fired a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to totally finish off the game for Chelsea.
Stoke City’s will host Newcastle United in their next game in the Premier League on Monday January 1, 2018. On the the other hand, Chelsea will play Elneny’s Arsenal in their next match.
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