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Three quick thoughts from the bet365 Stadium as Chelsea completed a 2-1 win against Stoke City on Saturday to extend their Premier League lead to 13 points.

Cahill was the central figure on the day after giving away a penalty in the first half that Stoke forward Jonathan Walters converted.

Costa had looked to be in one of those moods from the start as he clashed with Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Bruno Martins Indi and got short shrift from referee Anthony Taylor each time.

An interesting move to a back four in the 70th minute to try and get something going gave Chelsea a boost of momentum.

GK Thibaut Courtois, 6 - Had little involvement in the game until facing Jon Walters' penalty.

Yet this Chelsea team always seem to find a way to win. And even on days when the "fantasy" of Hazard deserts them, Chelsea's dream season goes on unhindered.

Chelsea continued their quest for the domestic double by edging past ten-man Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup on Monday night. The fact that they had 64 percent possession and 20 shots will annoy Conte when he watches a replay of the game.

Chelsea won the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge 4-2 earlier in the season, with Willian, Gary Cahill and Diego Costa getting on the score sheet.

Along with Kante he's a front runner for the Premier League Player of the Season award, having rediscovered his form following a dip past year under Jose Mourinho. The result has been that Chelsea FC have nearly cantered to the Premier League title. The only side in Premier League history to have done this in a whole 38-game season were Manchester City in 2014-15 (114/114). Costa hits the post from a tight angle after being teed up by Pedro.

He added: "We face for sure a good team, a really good team, a strong team, a very physical team with players with good technique".

Antonio Conte, in his short stint so far with his new employer, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, has led a revolution of sorts both off and on the field.

The Spain global was booked on 17 minutes for dissent after one tussle that left him on the floor, but improved in the second half and even struck the post as Chelsea threatened to extend their lead in the final minutes.

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