Schalke 0 Chelsea 5

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 25 November 2014

Is there any bettering perfection?
Chelsea's systematic dismantling of Schalke in Germany tonight must surely get as close to this as possible.
To win their Champions League group, the Premier League leaders needed a win, and boy did they win.
A goal within two minutes from captain marvel John Terry set the tone for the remainder of the game - his header from a a Cesc Fabregas corner firmly plonked in the top right hand corner of the net.
Two more first half strikes, one from Willian who finished off a sublime passing move with a daisy-cutter past a halpless Fährmann in goal for the Germans.
Then a bizarre and needless own goal from Jan Kirchhoff seemed to sum up their total disarray.
Some of the Blues's passing movement, their controlled short passing, the high-risk triangles they performed was a thing of beauty.
If Saturday's first half performance against WBA in which they were also 3-0 up after 45 minutes, was considered the most complete of the season, then this exceeded it.
Only once in the opening period did the Blues look as if their back line would be breached and that was when a deflected shot from off Gary Cahill looped over Thiabaut Courtois's head but bounced off the crossbar to be cleared for safety.
Substitutes Didier Drogba, with his 50th European goal and Ramires topped off the second half to seal the most ruthless of performances which will send a massive signal to the other powerhouses of Europe that this Chelsea side are a threat to any of them.

 

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