An even start to the game with both teams sharing possession but Traore had a small chance in the 5th minute as the ball came in from the right wing, he missed his kick and the chance was gone.
10 minutes in and some good interchange from the Chelsea players. Willian drove with the ball and played a fancy flick but the attack came to nothing as Stoke cleared the ball well.
Oscar managing a strike in the 17th minute but team-mate Eden Hazard couldn’t get out of the way and ball struck the Belgian on the back.
Chelsea began to dominate the game with possession and have a few threatening shots towards the Stoke City goal.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois making a good save from Affelay and forcing a corner. The resulting corner got headed away and Muniesa couldn’t control his volley which flew over the cross bar.
Azpilicueta did well to dispossess the Stoke midfield which gave Willian the chance to strike the ball but it fizzed past the cross bar with Jack Butland seemingly having it covered.
Just after the half hour mark, Chelsea had 3 shots on target but all three were blocked. Willian with the last which resulted in a corner but it came to nothing. High Chelsea pressure though that saw Stoke City struggling to contain the attacking minds of the Chelsea players.
A wasted chance for Stoke in the 36th minute. Shaqiri made it to the dead ball line and stood the ball up for Diouf at the far post, the Stoke City striker took his eye off the ball and couldn’t keep it down.
Chelsea took the lead in the 38th minute. A fantastic strike from Traore 20-yards out left Jack Butland absolutely no chance in reaching it. Chelsea‘s confidence had been growing as the half went on and a well deserved lead for the Blues.
The half drew to a close with Chelsea having a lot of the ball in-and-around the Stoke City 18-yard box. Chelsea go in at the break 1-0. Great value for their lead.