Chelsea FC have equalled Arsenal’s 2001-02 record for consecutive wins in a single Premier League season, having now notched 13 straight victories under their former Juventus and Italy boss, Antonio Conte.
The game started with low tempo as Conte’s team deservedly took the lead through Gary Cahill’s first-half header, only for Bruno Martins Indi to steer home a scrambled equaliser soon after the break at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues quickly regained their advantage, Willian benefitting from some great build-up play to make it 2-1 shortly before the hour mark.
Peter Crouch then struck from close range to get it back to 2-2 but the Premier League title favourites refused to give up, Brazil international Willian the man on target again soon afterwards.
Diego Costa, back in the team after serving a one-match ban, then grabbed a late fourth to put the result beyond doubt.
The win saw Chelsea who are now title favourite move nine points clear at the top ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City in Saturday’s late kick-off, while Stoke continue to languish in the bottom half. Although, Liverpool’s win over Man City reduced the deficit to within 6 points.