Chelsea produced a sublime display against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Diego Costa the star of the show in a 4-2 victory.
Jose Mourinho’s side got off to a bad start when John Terry put through his own net in the first period, but a hat-trick from the summer signing from Spain turned the game in the Blues’ favour.
Substitute Loic Remy also got his name on the scoresheet after his second-half introduction, although Jonjo Shelvey grabbed a late consolation to make the scoreline a little more respectable.
It’s Costa who takes the headlines for his performance, but a number of Chelsea players produced the goods against a team who were level on points with them at the top of the table before kick-off.
Chelsea player ratings v Swansea City:
Thibaut Courtois - 6
The Belgian stopper will have harder afternoons in the future, although he did pick the ball out of the net twice in 90 minutes.
There was little he could do with the first, whilst his defence left him exposed for the second. That said, he went down early and the wrong way.
Branislav Ivanovic - 7
As is the case with the Serb these days, his presence going forward is as important as his defensive abilities - and both were pretty good once again.
Whilst he’s been involved more frequently in other games this season, his presence down the right flank draws defenders in his direction and creates space for others.
Cesar Azpilicueta - 6
Similar to Ivanovic, just less of a presence going forward.
John Terry - 6
The own goal was an obvious blemish, although you’d rather have the centre back try and clear it rather than leave it for someone else to deal with.
Second goal also came through the middle and raises questions, but game was already over and Swans could create little else.
Gary Cahill - 6
Again, the second goal will be a concern to Mourinho, and Bafetimbi Gomis also threatened to cause problems throughout. It didn’t amount to much though in the end.
Nemanja Matic - 6
On a day when the forward-thinking players did the damage, Matic just about anchored his side through the contest after a shaky opening period.
Cesc Fabregas - 9
In the early stages, it looked like the Spaniard might suffer from playing a little deeper in the side.
However, he grew more influential as the contest went on, created Costa’s second goal and pulled the strings in the second period.
Andre Schurrle - 5
The biggest disappointment on a day that ended so well, with the German appearing off the pace and hooked after 45 minutes.
Oscar - 7
A little overshadowed by Fabregas and Hazard but did his job well behind the forward and will be happy with his work.
Eden Hazard - 8
A return to his near-best with a dangerous, attacking performance from the Belgian.
He drove at the defence, was unselfish for his teammates and caused Swansea problems all day long.
Diego Costa - 10
You want goals from your striker, and the former Atletico Madrid man did that job before a standing ovation when being replaced.
Strong in the air, good hold-up play and excellent finishing - a perfect 10 for the hat-trick hero.
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