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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