Mark Hughes accuses Chelsea's Diego Costa of targetting Stoke's players

  • Mark Hughes accuses Chelsea's Diego Costa of targetting Stoke's players

Mark Hughes accuses Chelsea's Diego Costa of targetting Stoke's players

Chelsea are yet to confirm any details regarding Hazard's injury, but it serves to make him a doubt for Belgium's upcoming internationals against Greece and Russian Federation.

Asked of the prospect of one of his squad being named the player of the season, Conte said: "I hope that, at the end of the season, one of my players could be".

Conte also refused to claim that the title is Chelsea's to lose.

Antonio Conte praised Diego Costa's "great discipline" in the face of physical Stoke City defending after Chelsea battled to a 2-1 win that extends their lead at the top of the Premier League to 13 points. It was a tough game, we tried to play football and deserved to win. And he crowned all this with the clever free-kick that deceived Lee Grant for Chelsea's opening goal.

Willian (Chelsea). Replacing Eden Hazard, who missed the game through injury, the Brazilian looked Chelsea's most unsafe player throughout and his great awareness lead to the first goal.

Costa was the player fouled when Phil Bardsley picked up the first of his two cautions, with the second and subsequent red arriving in stoppage time after he slid in to Cesc Fabregas.

Since being dropped by Conte after a training ground row over a back injury and a lucrative offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, Diego Costa has scored four goals in nine Chelsea matches. "More likely he targeted our players, to be perfectly honest".

"He draws fouls and tries to make the most of contact when they are not fouls".

Along with Kante he's a front runner for the Premier League Player of the Season award, having rediscovered his form following a dip past year under Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte has given an update on the match-readiness of Nigerian winger, Victor Moses.

- Eight of Willian's last 19 goals for Chelsea in all comps have been from direct free-kicks.

Only once in Premier League history have Stoke beaten the side who are top of the table. But it soon became clear that Mark Hughes wanted his players to hassle Chelsea all over the pitch, led by the more mobile Walters and Saido Berahino.

87' - GOAL! Stoke 1-2 Chelsea (Cahill).