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 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 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.
Man of the match – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The stats you need know
- Chelsea have won five of their six Premier League home games this season, as many as they managed in the whole of the 2015/16 season.
- There were 23 passes in the build-up for Eden Hazard’s second goal, the most before a goal in the Premier League this season.
- Everton have conceded five or more goals in a Premier League game for the first time since shipping six against Chelsea in August 2014.
- Chelsea stopped a team from a having a shot in the first half of a Premier League game for the first time since January 2013 against Reading.
- It was the first time Hazard has scored two or more at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since February 2014.
- Diego Costa has had a hand in more goals than any other Premier League player this season (9 goals, 3 assists).