Rampant Chelsea Crush Stoke 5-0 At The Bridge
Premier League champions Chelsea put a fantastic show by thumping Stoke City 5-0 at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring with just three minutes on the clock before Danny Drinkwater thundered in a second for his first goal for the club.
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.
Chelsea were two up within nine minutes and Pedro’s 23rd-minute strike then put them in total control. Willian made it four with a 74th-minute penalty after being tripped by Geoff Cameron, and Zappacosta netted a late fifth.
Chelsea went ahead courtesy of Rudiger’s header from Willian’s right-wing free-kick. And when the loose ball fell to Drinkwater after Mame Biram Diouf blocked Pedro’s cross, the midfielder sent a 25-yard shot beyond Jack Butland and into the far corner.
Pedro eventually made it three with a right-footed drive after collecting Willian’s pass. Butland also kept out strikes from Pedro and Willian before the latter got the goal his hardworking performance deserved.
Zappacosta’s goal, his first in the Premier League – was a beauty. Josh Tymon could only clear Drinkwater’s long ball as far as the Italian, who thumped home from near the edge of the penalty area.