This was magic, pure magic. It was the best performance we have seen, ever since Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago. Antonio Conte and his men conjured up a proper rhythmic destruction of Everton.
Not once, and I repeat, not even once did Everton even come close to threatening Chelsea. This was dominance from the first second to the last, literally. And every player, every single player looked on song with the Italian manager’s instructions.
Chelsea opened the scoring on the 19th minute, as man of the moment Eden Hazard cut in from the left, dodging two defenders and shooting past Stekelenburg, putting the Blues 1-0 up. The Toffees had not even recovered from the first goal, and they went 2-0 down.
Hazard again started the move, as he found Pedro on the right. The former Barcelona star, who was one of the best players on the pitch today, put the ball into the box through a low cross, and Marcos Alonso was there to score through goalkeeper Stekelenburg’s legs.
The dominant play continued, as Chelsea kept searching for another goal, while Everton kept chasing shadows on the pitch. Moses could have put Chelsea 3-0 up on the 36th minute, as he hit the post from a tight angle with a late run into the box.
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