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Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City, Premier League: Post-match reaction

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Chelsea appeared to have Saturday's match against Stoke City won, with Bertrand Traore's first half strike being the lone goal of the first 80 minutes. As has been the case far too often this season, though, the Blues couldn't hang on to a match they seemed to have all but wrapped up, giving up a late equalizer, and dropping yet another two points at home.

As far as the overall picture is concerned, the disappointing draw probably doesn't mean a whole lot, as the Blues weren't making the top four this season anyway. Still, it would have been nice to keep the winning streak alive, in addition to the unbeaten Premier League run.

Thoughts:

  • Traore was terrible for most of the first half, and then scored an absolutely beautiful goal. Huh.
  • It was nice to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek getting minutes, again. This Guus sure does believe in the youth, doesn't he?
  • So much for Chelsea's luck on penalty calls changing for the better. Muniesa's tackle of Oscar in the 71st minute was one of the easiest penalty calls a referee should ever have, and somehow Mark Clattenburg missed it.
  • Baba Rahman didn't make any glaring mistakes on Saturday, and assuming both he and Kenedy are healthy for the PSG match on Wednesday, it will be interesting to see who Hiddink selects at left back.
  • I'm honestly beginning to doubt that Alexandre Pato is ever going to make an appearance for the Blues. To be honest, I don't really care, one way or the other.