Chelsea put five past sorry Stoke

Tyler Owen
December 31, 2017

Less than 10 minutes played and 2-0 up already, the visiting Stoke fans were braced for another hammering and that's exactly what they had to suffer through for Chelsea were in a ruthless mood, even if their star forward-Alvaro Morata- wasn't.

The West Londoners have been particularly impressive defensively of late, as they have conceded just four goals in their last 11 league games, and their back-line could be boosted further by the potential return of Andreas Christensen.

He won the award ahead of Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah.

The Brazil worldwide stepped up to convert the subsequent spot-kick before Zappacosta scored a late fifth from 20 yards out as the Blues made it five wins from their last six games.

And it got worse for Mark Hughes' men when Chelsea doubled their lead after Pedro's deflected cross found Danny Drinkwater, who controlled the ball well and hit a precision shot into the top corner from 25 yards to score his first goal for the club.

Eden Hazard was rested on the Chelsea bench, but his replacement Drinkwater did a passable impression of the brilliant Belgian, the midfielder bagging his first goal for the Blues with a blistering strike from the edge of the area in the ninth minute.

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Antonio Rudiger heading home Willian's free kick in the third minute to give his team an early lead.

Carvalhal was the surprise choice to replace the sacked Paul Clement just days after he'd been dismissed by second-tier Sheffield Wednesday. We got off to a good start.

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Bournemouth remained on the front foot and earned victory thanks to Fraser's 89th-minute victor, with the aid of a deflection, as Bournemouth climbed out of the relegation zone and up to 13th, while Everton remain in ninth despite the defeat.

The visitors got off to the ideal start when a mix up at the back saw Riyad Mahrez square for Jamie Vardy to tap into an open goal in front of the Kop in the third minute.

Fraser opened the scoring 33 minutes in before Idrissa Gueye equalised for Everton. Their game at home to Newcastle on Monday now looks all the more important.

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