Date: 30th April 2017 at 4:33pm
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Did we just witness one giant step towards Chelsea bringing the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge?

Wasn`t a trip to Everton supposed to be the biggest test for Chelsea in the five-game run in?

Well it was and despite not being at their best Chelsea cruised it.

Antonio Conte made one change to the eleven that beat Southampton in midweek, bringing in Pedro for Fabregas.

Chelsea survived an early scare when Calvert-Lewis rattled the post from an acute angle but then went on to dominate the next fifteen or so minutes.

Two good chances were created but Hazard, having rounded the keeper and finding himself at an acute angle to the goal, could only hit the side-netting.

Diego Costa, did everything right when given the chance but somehow contrived to blast his finishing volley well over the bar.

At the other end Romelu Lukaku was doing his best to create problems at the heart of the Chelsea defence but couldn`t manage to test Thibaut Courtois.

Emerging all-square at 0-0 for the second half chances were at a premium, the game, so it seemed, needed a moment of magic to burst into life.

With Hazard being man-marked and very quiet, Pedro stepped forward to become the man to break the deadlock. The Spaniard received the ball twenty-yards out, motioned to go one way then swerved in the other direction creating enough space to create the space to unleash a shot that fairly fizzed into the top-corner.

Sixty-six minutes had gone, Chelsea had edged ahead and Everton had it all to do. It was a subdued Goodison Park except for the away fans making a racket and Chelsea were to double their lead as the minutes ticked away.

A free kick was won out wide and when Hazard drilled the ball in, confusion in the Everton defence reigned and the ball bounced off the leg of Gary Cahill to double Chelsea`s lead.

The points were heading back to London but the icing on the cake came late on when two of the substitutes combined to make it 3-0, Fabregas laying off the perfect assist for William to blast the ball home.

The scenes on the pitch in front of the away end confirmed that everybody knew this was the win that the club needed if they were going to secure the crown.

Four games to go and three wins to get.

 
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16 Replies to “Everton 0 Chelsea 3”

  • We have one tricky run in left, that is WBA away on the 13th and Watford home two days later on the 15th, both winnable games, but its the lack of time off between games . We could actually win the league at Watford home, and give JT a send off at the Sunderland game .

  • Arsenal have started playing only after going down 2 goals ….. And they claim to hate Spurs … So our lead will remain 4 pts after this round if games

  • Agree with the above comments, Arsenal are a mid table club. Given the other results you would’ve thought there was no better incentive to give it their best shot.

  • Well, Arsenal being Arsenal… We just have to keep winning our games, no complacency. Come on Chelsea! We can do it…

  • Its clear Arsenal will be one if the big teams to miss out on CL football …

    But Pool, ManU & Man City in a mighty fight for the other 2 places

  • If ManU get into the CL via the Europa League, does the 4th placed team drop out of the CL, or not ?

  • The gap may be 4 points, but our most difficult fixture has come and gone, i was reading Vital Spuds, and even they have finally conceded defeat, we sent a strong message today . 3 more games and its ours.

  • I don’t want to agree or say that our most difficult fixture has come and gone. On paper, yes I agree, but this is EPL, it’s a whole different ball game on the pitch. We lose or draw one game and we may be in trouble. I still worry about West brom and Watford. I wasn’t expecting us to lose against Crystal Palace, especially after taking an early lead. How did we drop from 12 or 13 points lead to 4 points in a few weeks? We must not let the media play into the heads of our players again and make them feel it’s job done already with four games to go. Our biggest enemy now is complacency…

  • Typical that Middlesbrough get a decent result today. The last thing we need is a miracle about turn in their form. We do play WBA on the Friday and then Watford on the Monday but the good news is Watford are also playing on the Friday (Everton away) so they will not have an advantage.

  • Every game is difficult at this stage. Nothing can be taken for granted. After Chelsea beat Stoke the players (and Conte) thought it was basically done. They then promptly lost the Crystal Palace. They celebrate hard today. If they are stupid enough to think all they have to do is win 3 easy home games they will screw it up again. They have to assume Spurs will get 89 points. They must treat Middlesbrough like it is the FA Cup Final.

  • @Jerry O – not correct. The only way that 5 spots would ever be allowed for EPL teams, is if 2 teams won European competition. That would bump one team out of the domestically qualified 4. Since Leicester are out of Europe there can only be 4 teams. If there are national winners in the Champion’s and/or Europa League, 3 places qualify domestically. (whether one wins, or both win) If nobody wins any prizes in Europe, it’s the standard 4 for the domestic qualification.

  • If Man Utd finish outside the top 4 but win the Europa League England will have 5 teams qualify for the Champions League. A country can now have a maximum of 5 teams. So if the Champions League or Europa League winner finish outside the top 4 the country gets an extra space. If both Champions League & Europa League winners come from the same country and both finish outside the top 4 only then does the 4th place team drop to the Europa League. In England all they talk about is whether Man Utd can get to the Champions League by winning the Europa League but it is also made clear whoever finishes in the top 4 also qualifies. The rules were changed after Spurs missed out to Chelsea in 2012 and the Europa League winners were subsequently granted a Champions League spot.

  • If Chelsea win their last 4 games they will become the only Premier League team ever to win 30 games in a season. Hopefully the players have that historic target in mind.

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