Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, with a sensational return to Chelsea - where he won ba
Ashley Cole was the unlikely hero as Chelsea scored a dramatic late winner to finally breach Stoke's resistance.
The England defender stole in with five minutes remaining to prod in Juan Mata's flick from close-range and keep Chelsea top of the Premier League.
Stoke had threatened to cause an upset when Jonathan Walters headed against Petr Cech's crossbar before half-time.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis threw Michael Owen on as he sensed victory, but it was Chelsea who snatched the points.