The Potters have a good recent record against the Blues but rarely fare well at Stamford Bridge, so will we see a veritable "Cupset," or will Eden Hazard and Co. roll on?
Here, we'll be grading the Chelsea players at the half-time and full-time intervals, so stay tuned and see if you agree with our thoughts!
|Chelsea XI vs. Stoke City|
|Player||Position||H/T Rating||F/T Rating|
Mark Schwarzer: Was baited into (wrongly) coming for a dangerous cross, but didn't have much to do overall.
Branislav Ivanovic: A quiet outing for the Serbian, who was rarely tested down the right and didn't get forward much.
David Luiz: Appeared to irritate Mourinho over and over again and struggled greatly with Peter Crouch.
Gary Cahill: Solid as always, titanic in the air.
Ashley Cole: Stoke favourited their right in attack but got little joy out of Cole. Offensively he was limited.
Nemanja Matic: Tidy on the ball and well organised off it. Looked right at home, a stunning signing.
Frank Lampard: Relatively decent in the centre, missed a sitter to double the lead, but looked solid enough.
Andre Schurrle: Looked a little rusty, but that's understandable. Ryan Shawcross superbly denied him a certain goal and he hit the post in the second half.
Oscar: Sensational from the Brazilian, scoring a genius free-kick to break the deadlock. Hit the post. Immense throughout.
Eden Hazard: A constant live-wire, not one Stoke player has any idea how to stop him and created many, many chances. Man of the Match.
Samuel Eto'o: A threat in and around the box, good linking play, but a complete lack of deadliness in front of goal.
Ramires (sub): Got involved immediately after coming on and missed a good chance from two yards.
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