Following Manchester City's surprise 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough earlier on, Chelsea would have gone into their evening game against Everton knowing that a win would take them to the top of the Premier League table.
Since manager Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 system, his side have produced four league victories in a row without conceding a goal, and they aimed to continue their excellent run of form as they welcomed the Toffees to Stamford Bridge.
In a competitive affair, Chelsea took the lead in the 19th minute thanks to star man Eden Hazard's sixth league goal of the campaign, however things got even better for the Blues just 70 seconds later.
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As you can see in the video below, the in-form Hazard latched onto a pass from Diego Costa before cutting in from the left-wing and unleashing a powerful low drive which was too good for recalled goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg:
So, Conte's men got off to a positive start in the first-half, but in the 20th minute, summer signing Marcos Alonso, who is yet to be on the losing side for his new club, doubled their lead with his first Chelsea goal.
The impressive Pedro fired a ball across the penalty area and, even though main striker Costa couldn't readjust his run, the versatile 25-year-old Spaniard arrived late into the box and coolly slotted home through the legs of the 'keeper from 12 yards out:
The crazy 70-second period saw Chelsea take total control of the game and forced Ronald Koeman into making instant changes, both in terms of tactics and personnel, with Kevin Mirallas replacing Bryan Oviedo in the 36th minute.
That said, rampant Chelsea made it 3-0 three minutes from the interval after Costa bagged his ninth Premier League goal of the season.
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