Antonio Conte hailed the relentlessness of his Chelsea players are watching them win their record-equalling 13th Premier League game in a row. "I'm pleased for them and they deserve this".
Chelsea matched their London rivals' benchmark - set in the 2001-02 season - with their 13th consecutive win, defeating Stoke City 4-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
"At 2-2, you think "OK, we can stay in this game for the next 10 or 15 minutes and then see where that takes us", but unfortunately we conceded nearly immediately and then it was hard". "My players showed me great will, great will to fight, great will to win, great will to take this great achievement for us", Conte said.
The second assist, for Willian's second goal of the game and what turned out to be the winning goal in the end, was Fàbregas's 100th in the Premier League (29th for Chelsea, to go with the 71 during his years at Arsenal).
"The second part of the season, for me, it will be very hard for us", he said.
"We've gone to Liverpool and come here and put in front foot, positive performances and affected the opposition, but we've made catastrophic errors in both games which have taken them away from us".
"Liverpool and Chelsea are completely different in their approach", he told reporters. He's a fantastic player but more importantly he's a fantastic man.
Mark Hughes says Stoke "gave it a good go" during their 4-2 loss to Chelsea on New Year's Eve but admitted his side made too many mistakes.
"This is the real secret, this family, we win and we lose together, with the players, the staff, all the people who is working for Chelsea". "But it'll be a close call between those two teams to win it". We were knocking out clean sheets and we need to get back to that level. Inevitably, against good teams and good players, they will punish you if you make those kind of errors. We can't keep defending as we are in key moments.