Chelsea cruised to their first Stamford Bridge victory of the season on Sunday with a comfortable 2-0 win over Everton.
Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata’s goals in the first half were enough to sink Ronald Koeman’s side – who didn’t manage a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Antonio Conte reiterated his side’s need for new signings after the match but also admitted he was pleased with his side’s imperious performance at The Bridge.
And, it seems that members of the national media were massively impressed with the Blues too.
Here’s a selection of some of the best reports:
The Independent – Miguel Delaney
If the worry for Chelsea in the first week of the season was what they would be able to do without actual signings, the worry for everyone else after this game is how good they will be when they actually get them – as well as a fully fit Eden Hazard.
This 2-0 win over Everton, after so much talk about lack of transfers and so much previous discussion about an abundance of problems, was a timely reminder of something that is much more of a football fundamental: Chelsea remain a supreme team.
It was both a display of why they are of course defending champions, but also why they should remain outright favourites for this season’s title. They were that good.
There is the obvious caveat Ronald Koeman’s much-talked-up Everton are recovering from a midweek Europa League trip to Croatia after also claiming a draw at Manchester City, but Chelsea were in little mood to cut them any slack.
Had it not been for some of the finishing, in fact, this could have been an even more emphatic win than last November’s 5-0 in the same fixture.
The Daily Mail – Ian Ladyman
So complete a victory was this, so perfectly executed, that it was at times like watching Chelsea from last season. You could be fooled in to thinking that they do not need anybody else.
This was not the Chelsea that lost so haphazardly here to Burnley on opening day and it was not the Chelsea that won against the odds and against the flow of the game against Tottenham at Wembley a week ago.
No, this was Chelsea of 2016-17, a performance of such dominance and completeness that it was reminiscent of the manner in which Conte delivered what was an unexpected Premier League title last time round.
The winning margin was two goals but it could have been more. Everton, listless after a heavy week at home and in Europe, were barely competitive and created one chance – wasted by the unimpressive Sandro Ramirez – all afternoon.
The Telegraph – Sam Wallace
The champions were doing what champions do, brushing aside a team nursing ambitions of a top-six finish, and demonstrating the ruthlessness you would normally associate with Chelsea when there is a trophy to defend.
Of course, the great collapse of 2015 under Jose Mourinho changed that certainty about the modern Chelsea but three games into their defence of the Premier League, Conte’s team now have two straight victories over good opposition.
It has been a summer of recriminations and blame at Chelsea, of targets missed and questions over those allowed to leave, but it was hard to detect that discord over 94 minutes in which Roland Koeman’s team were not even permitted a shot on target.
Afterwards Conte reiterated his belief that there must be new additions before the window closes on Thursday night although anyone who does arrive will have his work cut out getting into this side.
The Mirror – Adrian Kajumba
Alvaro Morata will lead the line for Chelsea in a very different way but they should be no less effective.
He doesn’t have the same forceful personality that Costa had – for good or bad – that let you know he was always on the pitch.
In fact Morata can go unnoticed for periods. He is not one for getting stuck in to physical stuff and failed to provide the threat in behind that his teammates wanted at times against Everton.
But with his runs right across the frontline, movement, intelligence, link-up play and selflessness he looks capable of helping Chelsea remain just as effective up top.
Another goal and assist for Cesc Fabregas’ opener will do his confidence no harm too.