Chelsea were unimpressive even with Stoke down to 10 men. Juan Mata was their best player and it was he who provided the outlet to Didier Drogba. The Cote D'Ivoirian using his strength and touch scored the winner and his 100th Premiership goal. Congratulations, Didier, the first African player to record this enviable feat.
Roberto Di Matteo might claim this victory. But it was Mata, a Andre Villas Boas signing who was the creator. Credit the departed coach. Roman Abramovich would have not known Mata if he came up and bit his behind.
Di Matteo did not bring on Fernando Torres. That might not go down well with the oligarch dispatching two coaches already because they were unable to resurrect his scoring career.
The win keeps the pressure on Arsenal to deliver Monday against Newcastle to keep pace in the race to the final CL spot.