EPL: Conte reveals Chelsea's target this season


This would have no doubt eased the pressure surrounding manager Mark Hughes but he'll know how hard it will be to snatch anything away at Chelsea on Saturday.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte picks Thibaut Courtois in goal, while in defence he selects Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger.

The Brazil worldwide has fallen out of favour with Antonio Conte ever since Luiz questioned the Italian's tactics following a Champions League defeat against Roma in November. Stoke City, in their current form aren't expected to give the reigning champions too much trouble, but Chelsea have had a bad record against relatively smaller teams this season. I don't know if [they will be ready for] the next game but for sure the game against Norwich.

Before saying goodbye to 2017 - a year that, lest we forget, included another Premier League title-winning party at Stamford Bridge - and saying hello to 2018, Chelsea take on struggling Stoke City, who are still managed by former Chelsea and Manchester United star Mark Hughes.

"This year was a fantastic year because to win the title in England is not easy".

If there's one Chelsea player who Stoke will focus on more than the rest, it's No.9 Alvaro Morata.

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Danny Drinkwater is expected to come in for Tiemoue Bakayoko, with N'golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas holding onto their place in midfield and Eden Hazard and top their top goalscorer Alvaro Morata will likely lead the line for Antonio Conte's men once again. If you compare with last season, we have conceded less goals.

"For me it's very important to see my players have chances to score".

"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.

"We are showing good solidity".

"I made decisions that I feel will help us, certainly with the game on Monday. We will do our best to finish as high as we can this season".

Erik Pieters could return, however, after missing the last two games with a hip injury.