Hazard stars in Chelsea big win

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea climbed to the top of the Premier League for the first time since Au­gust with a stylish 5-0 vic­tory over Ev­er­ton. Hazard put Chelsea ahead with a low, an­gled shot, be­fore Mar­cos Alonso added a sec­ond when he slot­ted through Maarten Steke­len­burg’s legs. Diego Costa made it 3-0 just be­fore half­time, and Hazard scored the pick of the goals af­ter the break. Pe­dro put the gloss on the re­sult when he tapped into an empty net. Ev­er­ton spent the ma­jor­ity of the game penned in their own half and did not man­age a shot on tar­get in the en­tire 90 min­utes as Chelsea pro­duced a ruth­less and dom­i­nant per­for­mance. Many of the vis­it­ing sup­port­ers left Stam­ford Bridge well be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle. Those that re­mained ap­plauded Chelsea off the pitch, with the big- gest ova - tion of all from the home fans re­served for Hazard, who capped a bril­liant dis­play with two su­perb goals. In an at­tempt to sti­fle the 3-4-3 sys­tem that had earned An­to­nio Conte’s side four con­sec­u­tive Premier League wins be­fore this match, Ev­er­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man re­verted to three men at the back. How­ever, the tac­ti­cal ploy proved in­ef­fec­tive as the Dutch­man’s side were out­passed and out­classed by Conte’s men in a mes­meris­ing first-half dis­play. Con­fi­dence has been high among Chelsea’s play­ers since their 4-0 de­mo­li­tion of Manch­ester United last month, and the swag­ger with which they dis­man­tled Ev­er­ton will only fur­ther fuel talk of a ti­tle chal­lenge. In the five games since the for­ma­tion change, Conte’s side have scored 16 goals and con­ceded none. Chelsea look a com­pletely dif­fer­ent team from the slug­gish out­fit that strug­gled un­der Jose Mour­inho last sea­son, and this per­for­mance was a real state­ment of in­tent.

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