Costa showed great discipline, says Conte

Stoke thought they had equalised in the 33rd minute when Bruno Martins Indi powered a header beyond Thibaut Courtois, only for Saido Berahino to be penalised for a push on Cesar Azpilicueta in the build up.

"The great news is that Diego is showing to be a great player also in this aspect". We faced a really good team.

"He was great, he played a hard game but he always showed danger for the defensive line for Stoke".

"He played a hard game, but I think he created always a danger for Stoke's defensive line".

I know that in previous seasons he has received a yellow card early and reacted badly but this season he has shown a great commitment and to play for the team and not himself. "It is not easy to start the game with a yellow card and then to stay calm", Conte told the BBC.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We are desperately disappointed we did not get anything out of the game".

"It is Chelsea's title now and you could see from their celebrations we ran them close".

Nonetheless, despite there still being much to play for over the coming months, speculation is already building about who Conte could look to sign in the summer, and two Everton stars are the latest to be linked with Stamford Bridge, namely Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.

"We wanted a competitive game and I think that's what it was". First, we will try to win the next game in the league against Stoke and, when the cup comes, we are going to try to win it. Maybe that's how he generates his feeling in the game and when he's able to produce his best work. "I just think it detracts from what a good player he is". Could be considered unlucky when Walters went to ground far too easily under his "challenge." the incident that led to the penalty from which the Stoke man scored.

Chelsea looked set to miss the chance to extend their advantage over the chasing pack, but Cahill atoned for giving away a penalty by pouncing after a tactical switch from Antonio Conte to pile more pressure on Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool - all of whom play later this weekend. "They are important but, if you don't win, they are not important".

  • Loretta Pittman