Chelsea on top of the EPL

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LON­DON (AP): SIX­TEEN GOALS scored with­out re­ply. Five suc­ces­sive wins. And now top of the English Premier League. Chelsea are a club trans­formed un­der An­to­nio Conte.

Eden Hazard scored twice in a 5-0 de­mo­li­tion of Ever­ton yes­ter­day that demon­strated the at­tack­ing might that is ca­pa­ble of pro­pel­ling Chelsea to the ti­tle.

And the ruth­less dis­play came against an Ever­ton side which boasted the league’s sec­ond-best de­fen­sive record be­fore head­ing to west Lon­don, and earned a 1-1 draw at Manch­ester City a month ago.

City headed into the game against Mid­dles­brough in top place, but stum­bled to a 1-1 draw to leave Pep Guardi­ola’s side with one win in five.

Eden Hazard epit­o­mises the re­vival of the team that was hover­ing above the rel­e­ga­tion zone a year ago in the clos­ing weeks of José Mour­inho’s sec­ond spell in charge.


Hazard has al­ready eclipsed last sea­son’s five-goal haul in the league by tak­ing his tally to seven against Ever­ton. The Bel­gium winger cut in from the left be­fore net­ting the opener in the 19th minute and Chelsea scored again within 25 se­conds of the restart. Hazard and Pe­dro Ro­driguez com­bined to set up Mar­cos Alonso, who struck through goal­keeper Maarten Steke­len­burg’s legs for his first Chelsea goal.

Diego Costa grabbed Chelsea’s third Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (left) com­petes for the ball with Ever­ton’s Tom Clev­er­ley dur­ing the English Premier League match at Stam­ford Bridge yes­ter­day. Hazard scored twice in Chelsea’s 5-0 win.

be­fore half-time after Ne­manja Matic was left un­marked to head a corner into the path of the striker.

The pick of the goals came 10 min­utes after the break with a move started and com­pleted by Hazard after a onetwo with Vic­tor Moses. Hazard weaved into the penalty area be­fore strik­ing past Steke­len­burg.

Costa was the creator of the fifth,

win­ning the ball around the half­way line and dart­ing down the field un­chal­lenged be­fore pass­ing to Hazard. Although Hazard was de­nied a hat­trick by Steke­len­burg, Pe­dro was on hand to tap into the empty net.

Other re­sults: Manch­ester City 1 Mid­dles­brough 1; Bournemouth 1 Sun­der­land 2; Burn­ley 3 Crys­tal Palace 2; West Ham 1 Stoke 1.

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