Chelsea boss Conte reveals January plans for David Luiz

Chelsea boss Conte reveals January plans for David Luiz

Chelsea boss Conte reveals January plans for David Luiz

Relating to City, who have a 15-point lead over Man United in second and 16 over Chelsea (who are third), Conte said that: "But it's normal when your competitors are doing so well, like Manchester's very hard to think about fighting until the end for the title".

Antonio Conte was delighted with another Chelsea clean sheet as the defending Premier League champions finished 2017 with a 5-0 thrashing of Stoke City on Saturday. "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". "We have a lot of great games to face".

But Conte, who himself rested Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, insists rotation is inevitable during the draining Christmas schedule. "Not at all", Conte told Chelsea TV.

It was however not the same happy ending for other Nigerian players whose club were also in action in Saturday's Premier League games.

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Stoke had barely touched the ball by the time Chelsea took a commanding 2-0 lead, as goals from Antonio Rudiger and Danny Drinkwater seemingly put the game beyond the Potters with just nine minutes played.

Hughes, already without his first-choice defence as Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi were injured and Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma ruled out, opted to rest Joe Allen, Xherdan Shaqiri and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Pedro fired home from 20 yards to put the game beyond Stoke's reach inside the opening 25 minutes, while Willian's penalty and a late Davide Zappacosta effort put the gloss on a fine Chelsea display.

"I made decisions that I feel will help us, certainly with the game on Monday", he said.

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