Drinkwater: Happy to get off the mark
news Sun 31 Dec 2017
Danny Drinkwater believes the way we started yesterday’s game against Stoke set the tone for what followed, with the Blues eventually recording our biggest Premier League win of the season against Mark Hughes’s side.
Drinkwater scored his first goal for the club to make it 2-0 after just 11 minutes, with Toni Rudiger and Pedro also on target before the break. Willian converted from the spot to make it 4-0 in the second half before Davide Zappacosta capped a brilliant team performance late on.
‘We managed the game quite well, we made a fast start and put them on the back foot straight away and I think that was why we won so comfortably in the end,’ said Drinkwater.
‘I don’t think we could afford to get sloppy because if we’d taken our foot off the gas and they’d scored, the game changes completely. We scored the fourth goal at a good time and finished it off with the fifth.
‘That’s one thing the manager’s been telling us, we need to score more goals in games we are winning and we got five.’
The midfielder’s first goal for the club was one to remember, with Drinkwater bringing the ball down with his first touch before sending a superb right-footed strike past Jack Butland into the top corner after Stoke had failed to deal with a cross from Pedro.
‘It was alright I suppose,’ he laughed. ‘I’m happy with it and it’s good to get off the mark in a Chelsea kit, so happy days. Hopefully there’s a few more on the way.’
It’s now just one defeat in 13 Premier League games for Antonio Conte’s side, who have also kept four consecutive clean sheets in the league.
Next up is a trip to the Emirates for what will be the first of three games against Arsenal in the space of a few weeks, with a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final to follow.
‘We’re doing well, the more wins we pick up on the bounce the better it is for us,’ said Drinkwater. ‘We can’t do much more than win games so as long as we’re doing that we’ll keep the pressure on.
‘If we can take some confidence from into the Arsenal match that’s brilliant. It’s obviously a completely different game altogether but we’ll do our work on them and hopefully we’ll be ready.’