Chelsea 5 Everton 0

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 05 November 2016

Chelsea's limp attempt at pre-match entertainment by floating up a few fireworks into the west London sky where completely outdone by the Chelsea players on the pitch as the real fireworks ensured that Everton were put firmly on the bonfire, set alight and burnt to a crisp as they were hammered 5-0.

"We are top of the league, I said, we are top of the league," sang the Chelsea faithful, and they were right.

This time last season the Londoners were heading towards a relegation dogfight. After 11 league gams Jose Mourinho's men were in 15th place with 11 points.
Now, under head coach Antonio Conte, the Blues are top of the summit, albeit for 24 hours, with 25 points.
The transformation is extraordinary.
Whereas this time last season, the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were acting like petulant schoolchildren. Now they are acting like professional footballers - scoring goals for fun, when not setting them up for their team mates. Mourinho was sacked at Christmas and Chelsea limped on until the end of the season, finishing 10th, a spectacular fall from grace behaving won the Premier League the season before hand.
But now, it's the west Londoners who are looking down on the rest and the fans like it.
Everton by contrast, were not at the races - overrun and outfought in every department. This was simply a bad day in the office for all of them.
The game started with both side vying for possession but exploded into life on seven minutes when Seamus Coleman launched a high lunge into the ankle of Diego Costa. Referee Robert Madley bizarrely played on, much to the consternation of the Chelsea players and bench.
But sensation was to follow in the space of a minute when The Blues' Eden hazard took full advantage of an Everton error to race clear on the left, cut inside and let fly a daisy-cutter which zipped past an unsighted Maarten Stekelenberg, as Pedro cut across him as the ball flew past him.
Worse was to follow a minute later on 20 minutes as Marcos Alonso smashed home from close range to put the home side 2-0 up.
Number three was on the cards on 34 minutes when a lovely set-up play saw Alonso pitch the ball to the far post and in-running Victor Moses smacking the ball against then upright.
but it took until four minutes from the break too notch it up. A regulation corner saw the ball knocked on and Diego Costa was on Hadi to ram home a right-footer.
Worse was to follow in the second half, on 56 minutes, as first Moses, fed Hazard on the right, he knocked onto Pedro, who produced an audacious back heel straight into the path of Hazard, who kept on running and who then crashed a smart low, left-footer into the back of the net, at Stekelenberg's near post.
Stekelenberg produced a wonder save to thwart Costa on 63 minutes as the hit-man volleyed a goal-bound effort but the Dutchman managed to get a strong arm to the effort and clear his line.
But he was soon picking the ball out of it as Costa rampaged through the Everton half, sending the ball to his left for Hazard, whose shot on goal was saved by Stekelenberg but the ball fell invitingly to in-running Pedro, who slotted home number five.
John Terry had a run out at the expense of Gary Cahill late on but got his win was all about they side who have not conceded a goal in their last five league outings
The international break will see the Blues resume league action, against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in prime spot.


Teams; Chelsea, Courtois, Alonso, kante, hazard, Pedro, Moses, Costa, Matic, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz
Subs, Begovic, Ivanovic, Oscar, Batshuayi, Terry, Chalobah, Aina

Everton: Stekelenberg, Williams, Jagielka, barkley, Lukaku, Bolasie, Cleverley, Barry, Oviedo, Coleman, Funes Mori,
Subs, Robles, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Lennon, Valencia, Davies, Holgate

Referee
Robert Madley

 

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