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 By Mark Worrall

Player Ratings: Terry, Fabregas excel as Chelsea's class tells at Stoke

Chelsea will spend Christmas three points clear at the top of the Premier League after they regained the cushion with a 2-0 win at Stoke.

"Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to sing when Chelsea win away," was the song belted out by the Chelsea supporters, as Jose Mourinho's men bossed the Britannia Stadium and ran out 2-0 winners against Stoke City thanks to goals from veteran Chelsea captain John Terry and midfield general Cesc Fabregas, thus ensuring that this Christmas will be especially festive for Blues supporters.

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"We're top of the league", was another chant made repeatedly by the vociferous...

Three Points: Efficient victory sends Chelsea three points clear

Chelsea will spend Christmas three points clear at the top of the Premier League after they regained the cushion with a 2-0 win at Stoke.

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...

 By Phil Lythell

With Premier League lead diminishing, Chelsea must remain focused

Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard can become a Chelsea legend, according to his boss Jose Mourinho.

For the first time this season, Chelsea find themselves experiencing the unfamiliar feeling of pressure.

The eight points that only a few weeks ago separated the Blues from their main rivals for the Premier League title, Manchester City, have now evaporated (though Chelsea have a game in hand). The expected win for the Citizens over Crystal Palace has seen them draw level with Chelsea at the top of the table as they start to look something more like the team crowned champion last May.

Suddenly, errant...

 By Phil Lythell

With crowded schedule ahead, Chelsea's fringe players must step up

Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho says the professional attitude of his players has been a highlight for him this season.

With Premier League fixtures now coming thick and fast in the always congested month of December, the need to rotate players becomes essential for Chelsea.

Although stable and consistent team selection usually forms the bedrock for success, the physical demands of English football and the truncated rest periods between matches mean that it is not just serial lineup tweakers such Claudio Ranieri and Rafael Benitez that see the virtues of tinkering with the team.

Although having had his hand forced...

 By Phil Lythell

Business as usual as Fabregas and Hazard lead Chelsea to victory

ESPN FC's Craig Burley examines whether Chelsea can win the quadruple this year.

Chelsea booked their place in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup with a relatively comfortable 3-1 win over Derby County.

Jose Mourinho's fondness for this competition was reflected in his starting line up that featured several heavy hitters even if first team regulars Diego Costa, Willian and Branislav Ivanovic were left on the bench. Their individual superiority was evident when Eden Hazard showed class and composure to open the scoring after excellent pressure from the visitors forced Richard...

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Three Points: Chelsea dominate Derby but suffer two costly injuries

ESPN FC's Craig Burley examines whether Chelsea can win the quadruple this year.

LONDON -- Three observations from Chelsea's 3-1 Capital One Cup win over Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

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1. Chelsea count cost of victory

The difference between the best and the rest is the ability to devour chances. Two half-chances and two goals took Chelsea beyond the reach of Derby County. Eden Hazard and Felipe Luis scored strikes of the highest Premier class to fire Jose Mourinho's team to the Capital One Cup semifinals.

There was a late scare via Craig Bryson's raking finish and the thrilling...