Chelsea vs. Stoke City, Premier League

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Stoke City have failed to win a single Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in 9 attempts, losing 8 and drawing 1.

While Conte's 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.

Antonio Conte insists that a top-four finish in the Premier League will be a success for Chelsea.

Following a slow start to the campaign, Chelsea fans will wonder if they could have mounted a credible title defence had they found their form sooner.

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Chelsea are third in the Premier League, one point behind Manchester United and 16 points behind Manchester City. I don't know if [they will be ready for] the next game but for sure the game against Norwich.

In addition, Conte was able to take off Victor Moses, N'Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata, all by the 71st minute, to rest their legs ahead of the visit to Arsenal on Wednesday.

It'd be hard for Conte not to be encouraged after he left Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Andreas Christensen out of his lineup and still clobbered a Premier League opponent.

"Marcos is banging them in, I missed a few games but that is not an excuse and we have still got a lot of games to go this season, and I will try to hopefully catch Marcos up", he said. Already leading the league with 41 goals conceded, Stoke could be in for a long day (through with Chelsea's recent conversion rate issues, perhaps not).

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"We are showing good solidity". We have scored less, but conceded less.

"I am very happy because I made some rotation changes today and when you have this type of response from your players you must be pleased", Conte said. "I am the coach and I look after the things on the pitch, if the club can help us, it would be okay, but if they can't it will be okay as well".

Erik Pieters could return, however, after missing the last two games with a hip injury. "We will do our best to finish as high as we can this season".

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