Antonio Conte was happy his gamble paid off in Stoke City win.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was full of joy after his Blues found a way to win Stoke City on Saturday.

The west London club sealed a 2-1 win over the Potters at the bet365 stadium as they continued their winning streak.

Willian's free-kick broke the deadlock for the away side in the 13th minute before Jonathan Walters responded for Stoke through a penalty seven minutes before half-time.

However, Gary Cahill wrapped up the win for Chelsea and Conte heaped praise on his side after the clash.

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'For sure this is an important win,’ said Conte as reported. ‘It is not easy at this point in the season to come here and play Stoke, a strong team with good quality and good tactical organisation, but we showed from the start to the end a great will to win and I am very pleased for this. My players were prepared to fight for this game because it was not easy.

‘We have played two games away against West Ham and Stoke and to win both is very important at this part of the season.’

Conte also had special praise for Diego Costa's all round display, saying: ‘It is not simple to receive a yellow card after a few minutes but Diego has been showing this season, not only this game, to be very disciplined.

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'He showed me great commitment and thought for the team, not only for himself, and I want this type of behaviour from my players. He was great in a difficult game and always created danger for Stoke’s defensive line.

‘It is normal for a team to try to make a player angry so he reacts and commits another foul, but the great news is Diego is showing to be a great player in this aspect because I know in the past he has sometimes not finished games.’

The Blues now have nine league games remaining and are on course to win the title.

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