Stoke manager Tony Pulis was pleased with his team's work-rate in the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea but accepted the Potters were second best.
Florent Malouda struck in the first half and Didier Drogba added a second from the penalty spot as the Barclays Premier League champions continued their fine start to the season.
And Pulis conceded Stoke deserved to be beaten despite a spirited display.
He said: "We had our moments but overall Chelsea were the better team.
"They have some great players and had numerous opportunities but I give credit to our lads for the work they put in."