Classy and clinical Chelsea handed Everton a Stamford Bridge spanking as Ronald Koeman’s ploy to counter Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 didn’t work at all. Looking through the timeline of Koeman’s teams have a habit of getting whippings against really attacking opponents every once in a while, this Five-nil drubbing was no exception.
The sublime Eden Hazard scored twice (19′, 56′), his crony, Diego Costa(42′), Alonso(20′) and Pedro(65′) also inscribed their names in the score-sheet. Chelsea enjoyed 60% ball possession over the course of the match, as they out-pressed and out-classed Everton to get to the zenith of the table.
Conte’s 3-4-3 is working wonders as in the 5 PL matches in the system, 5 victories Chelsea got, scored 16 goals, conceded none.
Thibaut Courtois 6:
Had nothing to do, was like a fan with the best seat in the house as he silently went on to register 7 consecutive clean sheets for club & country.
David Luiz 6.5:
Did well, thwarted plundering Bolasie, almost scored but was denied by Stekelenburg, who tipped his strike over. People said he can’t defend just a month ago, but the new system has transformed him into his Nike airport ad self. Shields balls out of play, when necessary.
Gary Cahill 7:
97% pass accuracy, commanding display and camaraderie with Luiz. Looked dangerous at set-pieces. Hugely improved.
Cesar Azpilicueta 7:
Made 91 passes with 95% passing accuracy, true blue ball-playing centre-half with the top of his game. The left-back was so good as centre-back. Solid defending and attacking outlet. Won balls back with elan.
Victor Moses 7:
The player who has just received renascence in his Chelsea career, looking more effective than Willian-direct,fruitful and with vision. His partnership with Marcos Alonso churned out 85% pass accuracy,13 crosses,5 shots, 4 chances created,3 tackles won 1 goal. Instrumental. Almost scored with Alonso’s cross as he hit the woodwork. Also was great defensively as wing-back. His game is improving to a new level just like his massive forehead.
N’Golo Kante 7:
Vital central midfielder, 91% passing accuracy and apt holding. Fine cross-field balls and intelligent movement. His midfield partnership with Matic is the key to the success of Conte’s formation.
Nemanja Matic 7:
His impeccable header flicked the set-piece to Costa as Costa went on to score Chelsea’s 3rd to give the Serbian an assist. Kante-Matic twosome provided straight line ball-passes in transition and counter to the forwards. Already registered 6 assists to become the high assist provider in the league. Conte has rejuvenated and liberated the midfielder.
Marcos Alonso 7.5:
The Blues are yet to concede a goal in the league when Alonso has started- underlines the defensive credibility of the wing-back. Was so dangerous in the attack, scored a goal, paved dangerous crosses. Dominated the right flank. Great vision.
Eden Hazard 9:
World class. Eden of the garden of Stamford bridge. 94% pass accuracy, 76 touches, 56 passes,3 dribbles, 3 shots and 2 goals in the match to register his 3rd consecutive Man of the match award. Capped off moves like a master, was unplayable at transition and counter. Superb and clinical finishes. Thriving.
Outstanding performance. Perfect tap-in to score Chelsea’s 5th and brilliant back-heel flick assist Hazard.
Diego Costa 9:
Is benefiting with Hazard being closer to him. Looked focus. Scored. Has had a hand in more goals than any other Premier League player this season (9 goals, 3 assists). Volleyed home from Matic flick-on.
PHD (Pedro, Hazard, Costa) holder Chelsea is not to be messed with.
Chelsea vs Everton Highlights
Photo by Ben Sutherland