Chelsea goes top with Everton rout as Man City is held again

Chelsea goes top with Everton rout as Man City is held again

Everton soon reverted to a more familiar system, but by that point Chelsea were in full flow and it could easily have been more than 3-0 by the interval after Diego Costa swept in Nemanja Matic's flick-on from Hazard's corner.

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"It was one of the most dominant displays of football I have seen", former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas said on Match of the Day.

Indeed the Belgium international's form is a far cry from last season. He is young and improving a lot, but I am very satisfied with my players. "I hope to continue [this way]".

City manager Pep Guardiola reflected ruefully afterwards: "We did absolutely everything to win the game, controlled the game and in the last minute we concede a goal. Also, I found a player who is working very well without the ball, working very well with the team".

Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League standings with 22 points, while Everton are 6th with 18 points.

"Chelsea showed us a very high level of football in every aspect - how aggressive you need to play, the quality on the ball, winning second balls", Everton manager Ronald Koeman said. Team news Cesc Fabregas (thigh) and Kurt Zouma (lacking match fitness) are both back in full training with the Chelsea squad but will not be considered for selection until after the worldwide break.

Mirallas's glanced header 71 minutes in proved to the the Merseyside club's only attempt of any note all match, with Everton desperate for the full-time whistle after shipping five in a game for the first time since August 2014 when losing to Chelsea.

"The league is still long. The difference was too big between Chelsea and Everton, the one positive thing is it is only three points". Below, we round up the game using numbers.

Eden Hazard scored twice.

With Lukaku in the form he is in and the form Diego Costa is in for the home team, the shootout between two of the Premier League's best hitmen will be must-see TV.

"I am pleased for the players, they were fantastic".

Hazard has already eclipsed last season's five-goal haul in the league by taking his tally to seven against Everton.

Three of Chelsea's goals came during the first half, while their first two - scored by Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso - were separated by just SEVENTY seconds. In fact, he has never scored in four successive league games before (Premier League and Ligue 1 combined).



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