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Chelsea 1 Stoke 1 – Things Learned and Key Talking Points

Chelsea were pegged by a late Mame Diouf’s goal which might prove to be a huge dent in their bid qualify for European football next season. Hiddink’s decision to rest Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa did not go as per plan after seeing his team surrender their 1-0 lead.

Stoke on the other hand would be pleased to pick up their first ever Premier League point at Stamford Bridge and continue Mark Hughes’ good work at the club. On the wake of 1-1 draw, we take a look at things learned and key talking points from the game.

Hiddink’s record made to look great by the media

Yes, Chelsea are unbeaten in each of the 13 League games under Hiddink, but they have drawn 7 of them. I wonder, if the same record would have stayed under Jose Mourinho, what would have been the reaction of media and the fans.

Stoke can be proud of their season

Stoke are no longer the long-ball playing side, who do not how to play football. They have evolved under Mark Hughes, and new signings Imbula, Shaqiri and Bojan have made the Potters an attractive side to watch this season. They are still in the race to finish in Europe, and no one can doubt their credentials if they end up qualifying for Europa League.

Chelsea 1 Stoke 1 - Things Learned, Talking Points
                                         What a strike that was

Chelsea have a new star, Bertrand Traore

People are still trying to figure out how he managed to generate that much of power with no backlit at all. His goal was a stunning striker and worth revisiting. His overall play was eye catchy as well. He linked with up well with Hazard and Willan and was involved in everything Chelsea did well on the night.

Eden Hazard is back to his best

No, it is not premature assessment on the back of one bright display, Hazard has been playing some brilliant football over the last few weeks. His dribbles, touches, decisiveness and will to run was obvious and he was Chelsea’s best player on the night.

Giannelli Imbula – Money well spent

When Stoke paid £18.3million for the Belgian, Premier League raised a lot of eyebrows, but the 21-year old showed us today, why he was rated highly by Mark Hughes. His upper body strength and ability to hold up the ball was exquisite and the run he made which almost set up Bojan late was worth watching.

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