Conte Pleased Witn Chelsea Win Over Stoke, Focuses On Arsenal Clash

Conte Pleased Witn Chelsea Win Over Stoke, Focuses On Arsenal Clash

While his side are lagging well behind leaders Manchester City in this season's title race, the Italian is still delighted with the way the last 12 months played out in west London.

He said his side has a "great desire to score" and was pleased that his side were able to score early in the game. "This was a fantastic year", the 48-year-old told reporters. But to finish this year in this way is great for me, the club and the fans.

Conte stated that he meant to rotate his full squad throughout the busy winter season, with plenty of "great games to face" in the months ahead.

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With injuries depleting his defensive options and a huge game with Rafael Benitez's fellow strugglers on New Year's day, Hughes rung the changes at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has again confirmed plans are well underway for the January market.

Conte, who himself rested Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko, believes rotation is inevitable during the busy winter period.

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Hughes, already without his first-choice defence as Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi were injured and Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma ruled out, opted to rest Joe Allen, Xherdan Shaqiri and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Pedro fired home from 20 yards to put the game beyond Stoke's reach inside the opening 25 minutes, while Willian's penalty and a late Davide Zappacosta effort put the gloss on a fine Chelsea display.

"We were stretched. What we had defensively was what you saw", said Hughes.

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"I made decisions I feel will help us with the game we have on Monday".

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