Michael Essien is back to his brilliant, brutal best

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Another three goals, another three points and it was business as usual for Chelsea at the weekend. A brace from the magnificent Michael Essien and a strike from Ivorian Salomon Kalou ensured a comfortable 3-1 victory over fierce rivals West Ham to keep the Champions exactly where they want to be.. top of the table.

Very rarely did the Blues have to get out of second gear at Upton Park as they strolled through the game and won it at a canter. Chelsea will no doubt have been buoyed by the news filtering from Goodison Park earlier in the day that Everton had snatched an unlikely draw against Manchester United after being 3-1 down after 90 minutes.

That result simply highlights the excitement yet difficulty of this magnificent league where any team can beat anyone on their day. Chelsea are making a mockery of the ‘difficulty’ part however as they continue to swat their opponents aside with unbelievable ease whilst their main rivals, Manchester United, have already dropped four points. Clearly the Champions are going to take some stopping.

Although Carlo Ancelotti’s men weren’t at their destructive best, one man was – Michael Essien. ‘Destruction’ is apt enough to describe the brutal Ghanaian as he scored his first goals since January to set his side towards the win on Saturday.

This simply highlights the strength and power of this amazing squad. First week it was the brilliance of Drogba then Kalou, followed by Malouda and now magnificence of Essien that stole the limelight. The fact that Frank Lampard was absent and Malouda came off the bench when the game was well and truly over is almost forgotten.

Unlike Chelsea’s rivals who seem to rely heavily on one man, Wayne Rooney in United’s case, Cesc Fabregas for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard for Liverpool, Chelsea have shared the reliance on their ‘squad’ as Essien aptly picked up the baton this week to continue the Champions’ relentless pursuit towards retaining their title.

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