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Liverpool win 6-1 against Watford and are top of the league with 26 points while Chelsea remain second with 25.

The goals were scored by Sadio Mane ( brace) Firmino, Coutinho, Emre Can and Wijnaldum, with Janmaat scoring the only goal for the Hornets.

Arsenal and Spurs draw 1-1 in the Northern London Derby and sit respectevly 4th and 5th in the table with 24 and 21 points, with Man City sitting in the 3rd place with 24.

Manchester United and Everton are 6th and 7th with 18 points.

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Chelsea skipper John Terry wanted to share his feelings after the 5-0 win to Everton by posting this picture on his official Instagram account.

‘Another brilliant result and performance – he wrote – now enjoy the international break and everyone come back fit!’

The 35-year-old came off the bench playing 6′ at Stamford Bridge after recovering from his ankle injury.

Chelsea John Terry

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic believes that the reason why he provided so many assists this season is the superb finishing qualities of his teammates.

 

“I don’t think I am playing more offensively, – Matic said – In some moments of the game I can try to go forward if I see that behind me everything is covered, and maybe this has been happening more”.

“I have some assists, but this is a game where you can only get an assist if your team-mate scores and to be honest I am just lucky, as it is my team-mates who have been scoring a lot of goals”.

Chelsea got 5 wins in a row without conceding any goal since Antonio Conte switched the system to a 3-4-3 formation.

“The coach changed the system, we played three at the back, but I think more than tactics it is how you work on the pitch, – Matic revealed – When you give your best, you are concentrating and you know what the coach wants from you, it is easier to understand and do the things he wants”.

“My job is more or less the same in the new system, but when I have the ball I think there are more options to play. I wouldn’t like to say it is easier because every game is hard, but I feel better.”

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Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso spoke after Blues’ brilliant 5-0 win to Everton last evening.

The Spaniard scored in the first half after Eden Hazard broke the deadlock at 19′.

“I am very happy, I hope more of that will be coming in the next few matches – Alonso told the club’s official website – We are playing great games – not just scoring goals, but also not conceding. This is the way we have to continue”.

Chelsea did not concede Everton any chance to score during the whole game, and the former Bolton star underlined this strong point: “It’s important to start games well and then we could keep control of the game”

“Overall we have to keep working as we are doing now because the team is playing very well and this is the way we have to follow”.

“We have settled well in this system. We are all defending well, all the players are running and helping each other and I think that is the main thing”.

“Even if we play four at the back, three at the back, if we all run like this and we all put this passion into the game, I think it’s going to be tough to beat.”

About the position on the league table, which sees Chelsea currently leaders of the Premier League: “It’s good to be at the top – Alonso said – but the important thing is to be there at the end of the season so now we will have to fight to stay up there”.

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Eden Hazard against Everton last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard is back to top performances and shone in the last Chelsea games, contributing to the team success with his class and commitment on the pitch: this is way Blues boss Antonio Conte hailed him after the fantastic win against Everton last night:

“Eden is playing great football, fantastic football and is showing his talent with all of the Chelsea players,” the Italian manager said.

“The most important thing I am seeing is that Eden is fantastic with the ball, but he is fantastic without the ball, too. He is working very hard for the team.

“When the team-mates see the strikers with this type of commitment – when they don’t have the ball – I am satisfied, pleased and I hope for it to continue.”

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Chelsea players celebrating Diego Costa's goal against Everton back in November © Francesca Ceciarini

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, now a pundit at BT Sport, hailed Chelsea after their outstanding display against Everton, securing the fifth win in the last five games:

“That was brilliant. You have to say it was an exhibition at times, it was like they were playing a team 10 points adrift at the bottom of the league,” Scholes said after the game.

“Everton’s normally a decent team, they can play good football. We’ve seen them great in possession, usually – I think it was 60% possession for Chelsea and you don’t usually see that when you come here.

“It’s usually the other team who like to have possession and the counter attack, but they were great in possession and getting the ball back. The passing and the movement was sensational.”

 

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Pedro is being one of the fundamental players in this new system that is brining so much success to Chelsea, so the Spanish tried to analyse this wonderful moment of the team speaking about yesterday’s game:

“It was a very good win, this is the right way to play. It was a good performance and we are in first position at the moment so it was a great day for us.

“This is a very good moment for us and the supporters so we must enjoy this win. Now we have a break, a few days off, so we can relax and then start working hard in training again.”

Chelsea won all of the last five games, keeping five cleah sheets and scoring 16 goals, an impressive run:

“The new formation is very good for the team, it’s a great system for us. We felt very good on the pitch, we are happy with our situation and we hope to continue in the right way.

“It was our best performance, it was very good team work from everybody and that’s the most important thing. Now we must go game by game.

“It’s good for us, in the last five games we haven’t conceded a goal and we’ve played very well. The defence has been very good.”

Pedro also praised Antonio Conte for his impact on the team, pointing out that all three forwards who started yesterday scored:

“It was a very good performance from Diego [Costa] and Eden [Hazard] and, for me, it’s a pleasure to play with them, these two players are very clever.

“The manager has been important, he’s very good, a strong guy with character and good ideas. He’s very good for the team.”

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RONALD KOEMAN

Everton boss Ronald Koeman was clearly disappointed after the bad defeat his team suffered against an impressive Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight:

“It’s a big lesson for everybody today,” the Dutchman said.

“Chelsea showed us a very high level of football in every aspect.

 “How aggressive you need to play, quality on the ball, winning second balls, there was a big difference. I did not expect that difference on the pitch but it happened.

“It’s good for everybody to see; quality, technical players, how they work, run and press. We can learn from that and, finally, it’s my job to change the team or the players if I think I need to.”

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A five star performance for Chelsea, with five goals, five consecutive clean sheets and five consecutive wins.

That’s why Antonio Conte was radiant in the press room after tonight’s tremendous display against Everton:

“When you have this type of performance you are very happy, I’m pleased above all for my players. It’s important to win but when you win in this way it’s great. It can improve our confidence and I’m very pleased tonight.

“When you see every day the players’ commitment and work rate it’s important to have this type of performance. We can continue to work very hard and trust in our work.

“We don’t want to send a message to other teams, we want to send one to ourselves. It’s important to be focused on our work. We want to improve and we are working a lot. This is the right way and the players are recognising that. Everton is now the past and after the international break we must start again in the same way we’ve left it today.

“What was important was to win, play good football and bring our principles to the pitch. When you play five in a row and don’t concede you can be satisfied.

Everton changed their formation and system, they tried to find a solution where it was man to man in every zone of the pitch. Every coach uses a system with different ideas.

“We have good players with great talent and we have to put them in the best situation to exploit their talent. There was a fantastic atmosphere with our supporters and we must continue to work together.’

Eden Hazard is playing great football and showing his talent, but the most important thing I’m seeing is that he’s fantastic with the ball and also without the ball. Him, Diego Costa and Pedro are working very hard for the team.’

The boss also spoke about the players’ quick adaptation to his new system:

“My players have adapted very quickly to this system but the principles are the same. We changed something defensively and offensively. I’m very happy because when the players produce this type of performance it’s important for my work. I’m sure we can improve and we need to.

Kante is a great player in the same way Matic is. They are very strong and protect our three central defenders, who are also playing very well and staying focused in every moment of the game. David Luiz is playing good football with great concentration, Azpilicueta and Gary the same, when John Terry came on it was the same, and also Moses and Alonso.

Gary Cahill is playing very well with great attention. It’s not easy when you make a mistake like he did in the game against Swansea, but he’s shown me great personality. I’m pleased for him.”

Conte admitted that the absence of European competitions helps him and the team to rest better between games and prepare better the following ones:

“It’s important because we have more days to work. When you arrive at a new club you need time to work if you want to bring your methods, ideas and philosophies, but I’d prefer to play in the Champions League, it’s a great tournament and a team like Chelsea must play in it.”

About the fans singing his name at Stamford Bridge he said:

 

“It was fantastic because I didn’t recognise our supporters were singing my name, and then Paolo Bertelli (first team fitness coach) told me. It’s good and I said thanks because it’s important for me. It’s important to support me but above all my team in every minute of the game.”

 

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Eden Hazard was the absolute protagonist of Chelsea impressive victory and display at Stamford Bridge tonight:

“It was an unbelievable win. We scored five beautiful goals and could have scored more,” the Belgian said to BT Sport.

“I am enjoying my football, we are playing well, we are creating a lot of chances and scoring a lot of goals.

“It’s not bad. We are in a good place.

“We want to stay there until the end. We will fight until the end to be there.”

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