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Swansea City 0-5 Chelsea: Player Ratings

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Chelsea banished recent away day blues with arguably their most impressive attacking performance since Jose Mourinho began his second spell in charge of the club this afternoon, smashing four goals past hapless Swansea City in the space of 36 first-half minutes.

Mourinho's side have only managed one win in their last five Premier League games on the road, but returned to their clinical, ruthless best to record a 5-0 win in a rout that featured braces for both Oscar and Diego Costa.

Cesc Fabregas was also sensational at the Liberty Stadium, pulling the strings to take advantage of some very poor home defending, allowing Chelsea to move five points clear at the top of the table for 24 hours at the very least.

Player ratings

Mourinho's men were back at full strength this afternoon and on this evidence it's going to be very hard to break into this Chelsea starting XI, with so much quality in all positions when they all click in this kind of devastating form.

Petr Cech: 6

Effectively a passenger this afternoon, continuing to be picked ahead of Thibaut Courtois thanks to an injury problem for the young Belgian. Will scarcely enjoy a more comfortable 90 minutes all season long.

Filipe Luis: 7

Loves to bomb on and got plenty of opportunity to do just that today, with little work to do defensively. Slightly busier in the second half, but by then the game was dead and buried.

John Terry: 7

Again a peripheral figure, which will be music to Mourinho's ear. Won the few aerial duels he was asked to take up against Bafetimbi Gomis with authority.

Gary Cahill: 6

Welcome boost of a clean sheet for a player who has come under fire in recent weeks. Did stumble once in the first half under pressure from Gomis, but quickly recovered and rarely look flustered again in the match.

Branislav Ivanovic: 8

Loved having the licence to affect the game moving forward and also dominated a terrific little duel Wayne Routledge before the Swansea winger was replaced. Continues to be absolutely essential for Mourinho despite intense competition for places.

Nemanja Matic: 7

Swansea quite curiously decided to play Gylfi Sigurdsson in a deeper midfield role, which allowed Matic the freedom of midfield to continually recycle possession and keep the pressure on. Chelsea looked simply awesome early on and this man was a key reason why, despite the headlines going elsewhere.

Cesc Fabregas: 9

Spanish maestro was simply exceptional this afternoon, wandering into pockets of space and popping passes to Costa, Oscar and Willian at will. Swansea paid a heavy price for not marking the potent playmaker, who produced his best performance today for some time. When Fabregas is at his best Chelsea look close to unstoppable.

Eden Hazard: 7

Did his level best to get involved in the scoring spree on South Wales, but Lukasz Fabianski kept out a pair of strong drives from distance. The plaudits will go elsewhere this afternoon and rightly do, but Hazard's involvement in a fluent Chelsea attack cannot be underestimated.

Oscar: 9

Chelsea's brilliant Brazilian was sharp from the outset and scored inside 50 seconds as reward for his quick thinking. His second and Chelsea's fourth was the pick of the bunch, swept into the corner in some style after a wonderful move upfield at breakneck speed. Tremendous stuff from the 23-year-old, his best performance of the campaign.

Willian: 9

Somehow Chelsea's hardest working winger didn't add his name to the scoresheet today, but boy did he come close on more than one occasion. Willian battered the woodwork twice and was a constant menace cutting in from the flank. Terrific stamina and a willigness to go and influence play wherever possible have virtually assured Willian of a starting spot in big matches moving forward.

Diego Costa: 10 (Man of the match)

Chelsea's £35m striker continues his incredible scoring run and was extremely unlucky not to score a hat-trick against the Swans. Costa also showed he can turn provider and continues to build an almost telepathic understanding with Fabregas, while the killer instinct he showed to pounce on an error from Federico Fernandez was first class. If he stays fit the Premier League golden boot looks a very strong possibility, along with a championship medal.

Substitutes:

Andre Schurrle, Ramires and Loic Remy were all afforded fleeting late chances to impress and he does so often it was the World Cup winner who made in impact from the bench, slotting home from close range.

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