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The Deeply Impressive Stats Behind Chelsea’s 5-0 Mauling Of Everton

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Pedro of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides fifth goal with his Chelsea team mates during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on November 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Chelsea laid down the gauntlet to their Premier League title rivals in a big way as they demolished Everton at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte’s side claimed a 5-0 win on Saturday evening to move to the top of the table – temporarily at least, but no less significant in relation to where they were six weeks ago.

The Toffees were put to the sword in a big way as a rampant home side dismantled them at will – the statistics below show that this was never a close contest, two goals from Eden Hazard with the others coming from Marcos Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro Rodríguez inflicting the damage.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Chelsea team mates during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on November 5, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Ronald Koeman’s team, meanwhile, have now won just one game in their last seven in all competitions as the Dutch manager’s attempt to match his opponents man-for-man by utilising three at the back too ended in dismal failure.

The result is Everton’s biggest defeat since August 2009, and the most goals they’ve conceded in a single game since August 2014 (in a 6-3 defeat also to Chelsea).

Chelsea, for their part, have now kept five clean sheets in a row since Conte switched to three at the back – the first time since August 2016 that has happened. Central to that has been the introduction of £23m signing Marcos Alnos as left wing-back and the career rejuvenation of Victor Moses on the opposite flank.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Victor Moses of Chelsea (L) celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Marcos Alonso of Chelsea (R) during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on October 15, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The transition of the pair between attack and defence has been pivotal in both protecting the back three at one end and being a creative force for the front three, and that was evident on Saturday again:

Even more interestingly, and a stat that puts their horrendous title defence last season into context…

Five wins in a row, sixteen goals scored in that time, zero conceded – make no mistake about it, Chelsea are title contenders, and the 3-4-3 formation is proving to be an absolute masterstroke from the Italian.

Which spells serious trouble for the Stamford Bridge careers of Cesc Fabregas and John Terry.

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