Chelsea have notched a 13th consecutive victory in the Premier League, despite blowing two leads against resilient Stoke City at Stamford Bridge before finally killing them off in a 4-2 win.
Speaking afterwards, Captain Gary Cahill, who scored the opening goal of today’s game, commended the team's effort in recovering from defensive blunders twice and keeping the belief strong.
"We had to dig deep and work hard at times. We were disappointed over their first goal, I thought it was offside. Nevertheless, we showed good character. We never felt like we were beaten, but it was a tough game, as we expected."
In a rare mid-week affair for the Blues, we will now meet North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday; another win would match Arsenal's record 14-game winning run in 2002 (over two seasons) in the Premier League. With Chelsea high on confidence, we just have to keep working hard.
"We have to keep grounded and focused on what we are doing. This was difficult. We have a feeling at the minute that we don't think we will get beaten, but that is because we're working hard."
-Gary Cahill; Source: BBC Sport via London Evening Standard
Chelsea finish 2016 on the highest of high notes. The new year will bring crucial games against Spurs, Liverpool, and then Arsenal in the first week of February.