Stoke City will feel sorry to have conceded four goals in a match where they clearly dominated during the first period. The visitors went in front seconds before the half-time whistle. Chelsea were slow to get into the groove in the second period.
However, Stoke City’s physical strength gradually faltered, leaving Rafael Benitez’s men to enjoy themselves on the field at the anguish of culprit John Walters. The last of Chelsea's four goals was phenomenal as midfielder Hazard sealed his lively performance in great fashion.
The match also saw John Terry make his long-awaited return from injury. The skipper came on the pitch inside the 80th minute for Juan Mata and received loud applauds from the traveling fans. However, Eden Hazard’s 73rd minute strike remains what left spectators in awe.
Stoke City’s John Walters also made the headlines for all the wrong reasons as he squandered a penalty kick in injury time after contributing to two of Chelsea's four goals.
The battle in the English Premier League continues for the Blues with a home match against Southampton next Wednesday.
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