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Chelsea maintained their blistering run of form on Saturday afternoon with a 4-2 win against Stoke City.

Antonio Conte’s side twice took the lead only to be begged back by their hard-working opponents (inclusing a rare goal from Peter Crouch) – midway through the second half, however, they went ahead and stayed ahead courtesy of Willian’s second goal and the icing on the cake from Diego Costa.

With thirteen wins in a row, Chelsea have now matched a record for victories in a single season, first set in Arsenal’s league-winning campaign in 2001/02.

Though Stoke gave them a scare for a large part of the match, Conte’s side held out – they now move to 49 points at the halfway mark of the season, an ominous haul at such an early stage.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea congratulates his players after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 31, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Twitter tried its best not to crown Chelsea Premier League champions there and then, but the unanimous verdict was that the Blues will take some stopping this season.

Chelsea will face a huge test of their winning run on Wednesday night, when they travel to White Hart Lane to face Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.

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