Charlie Adam’s wonder-strike proved in vain as Chelsea beat Stoke City 2-1 to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Stoke had not scored for over six years at Stamford Bridge ahead of Saturday’s trip to the capital, but when they eventually found the back of the net it was worth the wait.
Adam embarrassed Thibaut Courtois with an astonishing strike from almost 65 yards to equalise just before half-time, Eden Hazard’s 17th goal of the season having deservedly put Chelsea in front.
Jose Mourinho left Diego Costa on the bench, stating ahead of the game that it would be a “gamble” to play the striker due to his hamstring problems, and that risk back-fired when he was injured again just 11 minutes after coming on at half-time.
Loic Remy had replaced Costa in the starting line-up and, just as he did at Hull City last time out, the France forward scored the winner following a mistake from the otherwise outstanding Asmir Begovic as Chelsea continued their march towards regaining the title.
Remy wasted no time in making his presence felt, as he almost put Chelsea in front with a deflected strike that was destined for the top corner until Begovic somehow scrambled