Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea put up another professional performance to retain their leadership of the Premier League table for Christmas.
Making his 650th his first-team appearance for the club, captain John Terry opened scoring with a powerful header from a Cesc Fabregas corner kick in the 2nd minute.
Steven N’zonzi nearly equalized for Stoke when his shot form 20 yards out took a deflection off Terry, wrong-footing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who made the with a display of excellent reflexes.
Fabregas doubled the visitors’ lead when he scuffed the ball into the ground as he found the back of the net at the far post.
The result gives Chelsea 42 points, three ahead of Manchester City.
The Premier League returns on Friday for a full slate of Boxing Day fixtures.