Chelsea maul Everton, top EPL

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Eden Hazard scores
Eden Hazard scores

Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea climbed to the top of the Premier League for the first time since August with a stylish 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 from a corner just before half-time 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 Everton supporters left Stamford Bridge well before the final whistle.

Those that remained applauded Chelsea off the pitch, with the biggest ovation 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 encounter, 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.

Source: BBC

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