Stoke City 1 – 0 Chelsea: Arnautovic adds to Mourinho Misery

Marko Arnautovic scored a spectacular bicycle kick to condemn Chelsea to a seventh defeat of the season.

Chelsea were looking for revenge after being knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the Britannia Stadium; however the Potters were having none of it.

Stoke remained unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 at Newcastle last weekend while Chelsea made three changes seeing Baba Rahman, Nemanja Matic and Pedro start in place of Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel and Oscar.

The hosts were quick out of the blocks playing at a high tempo and in the first minute it resulted in an acrobatic effort from Xherdan Shaqiri, which went high over Chelsea’s goal.

The Blues grew into the game with Eden Hazard and Willian instrumental in anything Chelsea created.

Stoke’s right-back Glen Johnson found the ball at his feet in the box and his low curling effort was smartly saved by the former Stoke keeper Begovic.

Chelsea were lacking that killer instinct in the final third but Diego Costa could have given the Blues the lead just before the break but found Jack Butland in his way.

The second half followed a similar fashion seeing Chelsea have the majority of the possession whilst Stoke absorbed the pressure with a gutsy defensive performance.

Shaqiri was outstanding all game and Baba Rahman will be having nightmares. The Swiss internationals well-weighted ball to the overlapping Johnson was precise enough for the former Chelsea player to cross.

Walters couldn’t get his effort goal bound under pressure from Zouma but there was Arnautovic with an acrobatic effort to put the Potters in front.

The atmosphere ramped up a notch, as had the pressure on the Chelsea manager.

Pedro weaved his way around a couple of Stoke players before his curling effort struck the post giving the hosts a warning about the quality in the reigning champions side.

Costa again went close but his goal bound shot was deflected narrowly wide by Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross.

The Potters dropped deeper and struggled for possession but could have doubled their lead in stoppage time but Arnautovic was stopped on the edge of the Chelsea box instead of rolling in an unmarked Ibrahim Afellay.

Mark Hughes’ men held firm for the remaining minutes to notch only their second home league win of the season whilst Mourinho was busy trashing his hotel room.

Teams

Stoke: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Adam (Afellay 79’), Shaqiri (Diouf 82’), Bojan (Cameron 71’), Arnautovic, Walters.

Chelsea: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba (Oscar 70’), Ramires (Remy 77’), Matic, Pedro (Fàbregas 70’), Willian, Hazard, Costa.

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Man of the Match: Xherdan Shaqiri

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