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Chelsea supporter Kelvin Ang is impressed by the determined attitude of the Blues, after watching Ashley Cole snatch a winner against Stoke City five minutes from time.

Chelsea fans all over Singapore had high hopes for a win over Stoke City. With summer recruit Eden Hazard doing tremendously well in the Premier League, and Brazilian playmaker Oscar netting a brace against Juventus in the previous match, getting three points from this match seemed like a minimum; nothing less would do.

Owner Roman Abramovich has invested heavily this summer, sealing last-minute deals for Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta to add the acquisitions of Hazard and Oscar.

As Marko Marin edges closer to a first-team return, Chelsea have arguably the best squad in the English Premier League. Even if the Blues operated in second gear, there was little chance of Stoke even getting a point. It was a clear mismatch.

Once dubbed the 'AC Milan' of the Premier League, Chelsea rolled out probably the youngest line-up we have seen in years. With the absence of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda, supporters were looking at the the team of the future.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo also opted to field Hazard, Oscar and Mata, three of the best attacking midfielders that other teams can only dream of having at their disposal.

The home side started brightly, passing the ball in the Stoke's half, with Oscar and Mata looking like livewires. Even Ivanovic was involved in the attack, popping up in the opponent's box on many occassions.

Stoke defended with 10 men throughout the match, and had a few moments when they caused us jitters in our seats. We saw Cahill make goal-denying last ditch tackles and clearances, and Ramires intentionally stopping play to buy time for the defence to track back.

At times Chelsea were attempting to play like Barcelona i.e passing the ball into the opponent's net. It did appear as if none of the players wanted to score, as they chose to pass when they could have taken a shot.

Chelsea could not score, and Stoke never looked like they were going to asl well. This match had 0-0 written all over it from the 5th minute on, despite the Blues having had the majority of possession.

But a moment of brilliance was all it took for the result to change and it came from one of the old guard: Ashley Cole.

A swift counter attack, which saw Cole taking the ball up-field for about 50 metres, resulted in his first goal since the title-winning 8-0 demolition of Wigan. Mata's sublime pass in the box gave Cole the perfect opportunity to put the ball past a helpless Begovic, who could not keep out the powerful shot.

John Obi Mikel gave a solid performance, reminding us that his performance against Juventus was just a one-off bad day. Oscar showed us why he deserved his second start, tormenting the opponent's defence right from the first whistle. Mata proved that the team has more players who could provide assists other than Hazard.

Most importantly, Chelsea showed the world why they are currently top of the table. They could not put the ball in the net for 85minutes. But they never gave up, and eventual their efforts paid off.

The team's new recruits are gelling well and things are looking good and the future is bright for Chelsea. The Blue's performances this season tell us that even if Fernando Torres is misfiring, the huge depth in squad the squad means that everyone shares the goalscoring duties.

If Chelsea maintain this impressive form, the trophy cabinet might just have a few more additions this season.

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