Chelsea have stuttered in their progress towards the Premier League title recently but Jose Mourinho`s side can take a significant step towards being crowned champions with victory over Stoke on Saturday.
If Chelsea are going to win the Premier League it looks like they will stumble hesitantly across the finish line rather than stride majestically through the tape like an all-conquering Olympic champion.
Chelsea are brimming with confidence and, fortified by a seven-day break, go into Wednesday`s Champions League last-16 return match as favourites to knock Paris St Germain out for the second season in a row.
Premier League's big boys registered important victories in the gameweek 28 fixtures held across England on Wednesday. The night saw leaders Chelsea, second placed Manchester City and other big guns fighting for European places all shine on the night.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted his side were fortunate to come away with a draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday as he hailed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Paris St Germain sustained their hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals when Edinson Cavani`s powerful second-half header salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Chelsea in their last-16 first leg on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho promised to exert greater `self-control` on Friday after accepting referees were under pressure in his first public comments since the Chelsea manager was hit with a Football Association misconduct charge.