STOKE, England -- A trio of observations on Chelsea's 2-0 win vs. Stoke in the Premier League.
1. Chelsea are top at Christmas
So Chelsea top the Premier League table at Christmas. That outcome long seemed a certainty but Manchester City's recent run of victories meant defeat at Britannia Stadium could have cost the Blues their lead.
Instead, they produced the right sort of response after the defending champions clawed back from a nine-point deficit in the space of three weeks, albeit partly because...