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Win at Stoke City helps to define Chelsea's title charge

Chelsea players celebrate after a late Gary Cahill winner against Stoke City.
Gary Cahill's winning goal helped Chelsea inch closer to the Premier League title.

If Chelsea go on and win the Premier League this season -- their lead stands at 10 points with 10 games to go -- the title will be marked by games like their trip to Stoke City on Saturday. It was the sort of game where they could (some might even say should) have coasted. Mark Hughes' crew are in ninth place with nothing to play for. The conventional wisdom playbook would have argued for slowing the tempo, taking the sting out of the game, avoiding injury and cards and settling for a point.

Instead, Chelsea matched Stoke in terms of intensity and physicality. They actually seemed to relish it and despite a few wobbles from Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso, they fought to a 2-1 win and hit the woodwork twice.

Conte's fingerprints are all over this team, in case you hadn't noticed.

To read more of Gabriele Marcotti's thoughts on what happened over the previous week, click here.

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