Saturday saw London’s Chelsea display a breathtaking football as they routed Everton 5-0 at Stamford Bridge in front of 40,000 plus football fans in a Premier League encounter. With this victory, the Blues also climbed to the top of the Premier League for the first time since the season started in August.
The club’s new manager Antonio Conte may have invited criticism from football pundits for three forwards, but the new 3-4-3 formation has now seen his side secure five victories in a row. This is a remarkable reversal of fortune for a side, which for the first time in many years failed to qualify for the prestigious Champions League last season.
For Blues, the magical Belgian Eden Hazard scored twice while Marcos Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro score one each.
Such was Chelsea’s ruthless performance that the supporters of the visiting team left the stadium a long before the final whistle.
In their last encounter, Chelsea had annihilated mighty Manchester United 4-0 at home.
Commenting on the victory, Conte said, “It was a great game, a good performance. It is important for confidence to be top of the league. We have to continue as Everton is now in the past.
“Eden Hazard played an impressive game. We all know he is a talented player. I see he is working a lot for the team and his team-mates are very happy for this. He must continue – he is showing his talent in every game.”
Everton’s manager, Ronald Koeman, admitted that the difference between Chelsea and his team was just too ‘big.’
He said, “This system is very difficult to play against and really the Chelsea manager has brought a winning mentality to the players. They are hungry and they will fight for the title for sure.
“I expected more from my team. It was a big difference in every aspect. It was not about the system – the difference was the mentality to win the game. With five defenders we control it, after 2-0 it was over.”