Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was positively glowing after his side secured a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham United, starting a busy of festive fixtures in some style.
The Blues some of their best football so far this season in the Boxing Day showdown at Stamford Bridge, which is saying something given the high standards Mourinho's side have set during the first half of the campaign.
Goals from John Terry and Diego Costa put the exclamation mark on something of a statement of intent from the Blues, but Mourinho citing stability, strength in depth and total control of a game against as a side in strong form as reasons to be very pleased this evening.
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In his post-match interview with Sky Sports the Blues boss said: "We played a very good game against a very difficult opponent. When we scored we had the game always under control.
"In the last part of the game they had a fantastic action by Morgan Amalfitano, it was a little lucky for us but I am happy with the way we played against a very difficult defensive side.
"We coped very well with the direct football and dealt with a difficult player like Andy Carroll. The team is stable. The bench is good so when I bring players on they give me what the team needs at that time. I am really happy. We are doing very well."
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Chelsea in ominous form
On this evidence the Blues will be very difficult to stop this season, with Nemanja Matic, Oscar and Costa in particular standing out for the Premier League leaders.
Testing trips to Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur should be met with relative confidence on the strength of today's showing, something Mourinho's teams rarely lack before you factor in a run of for which has been the Blues win their last five in all competitions, all by a two-goal margin at the very minimum.