Antonio Conte’s Chelsea put in the best Premier League performance of the season in a 5-0 destruction of Everton yesterday.
Goals from Eden Hazard, Marcos Alonso, and Diego Costa gave the Blues a deserved half-time lead on Guy Fawkes night.
And the fireworks continued into the second half, as Hazard netted again before Pedro sealed a memorable result.
The Blues have put in some stunning performances this season, but this surely topped them all as Conte’s men surged to the top of the Premier League table.
Here, we take a look at how the boys performed on Saturday evening.
Thibaut Courtois – 6 – the big Belgian was literally unemployed, but his distribution was swift and regularly instigated attacks.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7 – the most-consistent player in the Premier League was a constant attacking menace and defended diligently.
Gary Cahill – 7 – reborn in Conte’s new system, Cahill looked imperious against Lukaku and Bolasie and gave them nothing.
David Luiz – 8 – this David Luiz isn’t the same man who left Chelsea in 2014. He caused Everton real trouble with his raking long passes.
Victor Moses – 7 – simply superb, Moses is a machine who looks like he was born to be a wing-back. Menacing in attack and unrelenting when tracking back, what a player he has become!
Marcos Alonso – 8 – a first Chelsea goal capped off the Spaniard’s best showing yet for the Blues. He looks worth every penny of his £20m price-tag!
Nemanja Matic – 7 – where was this Matic last season? Back to his absolute best, the Serbian is once again Chelsea’s most important player.
N’Golo Kanté – 7 – Kanté was once again at his most effective last night. Not a single Everton player was given the time to relax on the ball. You can see how Leicester won the League last season – Kanté is terrifyingly brilliant!
Eden Hazard – 9 – this has to be close to Hazard’s best-ever performance for Chelsea. Simply unplayable. On recent evidence, Hazard is once again one of the world’s best footballers.
Pedro – 9 – so this is the guy who won 20 major honours with Barcelona? What a performance. Rejuvenated in this 3-4-3 formation, a goal and two assists to mark his best Chelsea showing since his debut vs West Brom indicates major improvement.
Diego Costa – 8 – whilst he can’t match Aguero for finishing ability, Costa’s build-up play is unparalleled. He played a vital part in all five games. Everton simply couldn’t handle him – and even a Seamus Coleman horror challenge couldn’t stop him!
- Oscar – 7 – superb when he came on, almost setting up a sixth goal for Costa.
- Michy Batshuayi – 5 – little time to impress; looked sharp despite a lack of match time.
- John Terry – 5 – a token substitute appearance as he steps up his return from injury.