Gary Cahill could play as a centre-forward, claims Antonio Conte


Gary Cahill's 87th-minute effort sent Chelsea 13 points clear at the Premier League summit with a 2-1 victory over Stoke City in a tempestuous encounter at the bet365 Stadium.

"As a defender they do not talk about the good things you do, they talk about the mistakes, so I am trying to play the best football I can to help my team".

"When the game plays out like that, and it's proven to be really hard, a neutral might have been looking and thinking this has got draw written all over it, but we wanted to keep going". He's not a robot.

"It is important to understand my role in the team [but] it is not just me, it is Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, everybody".

The Blues led after 13 minutes when Willian caught Lee Grant out with a near-post free-kick for his first top-flight goal since scoring a double in the reverse of this fixture in December.

Stoke drew 0-0 with Manchester City last time out, and are one of the few teams to have really tested Chelsea this season. This season he faced a new situation.

"It is not about formations and systems, it is more about how the players execute what they are asked to do". They know Diego doesn't like it and he maybe starts to fight with people.

"He's always got that in him, Bardsley".

"After four or five 50-50 moments where the referee can whistle or not whistle, he gets a bit angry and gets a yellow card", Belgian worldwide Courtois added. So it's important for him to stay calm and he's developed that a lot this season. "He has a good quality, he is acrobatic, he is very good during corners and set-pieces".

It's a third straight Premier League win for the Foxes to put them six points above the drop zone.

"He's an outstanding striker, but on occasions he got elements in his play he doesn't need to have".

Cahill, who scored the 87th minute victor, revealed after the game just how important the goal felt.

Jonathan Walters' penalty seven minutes before the break for Stoke cancelled out Willian's 13th-minute free kick. Often he's decisive with the pass, with the assist, and also to score a goal. I went absolutely berserk.

'You've seen my celebration, it's like a blur. "Great will to show we can win the league".

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