LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Chelsea proved on Wednesday night that there is more to them than just Diego Costa.
Jose Mourinho’s side easily brushed off Tottenham 3-0 in their midweek English Premier League fixture to stay undefeated on the season, as both Didier Drogba and Loic Remy hit the target.
Eden Hazard, who netted the opening goal was also on the score sheet for the league leaders, who stayed six-points clear of second-placed Manchester City in the EPL table standings.
Chelsea moved to 36 points with the win and head up the Premier League table ahead of defending champion Manchester City, who are second on 30pts.
Tottenham started the brightest and even rocketed the crossbar through striker Harry Kane, but it was Chelsea that took the lead at Stamford Bridge.
A nice one-two pass between Drogba and Hazard resulted in the Belgian forward scoring the first goal after he fired home past Hugo Lloris in the 19th minute.
Three minutes later Lloris gifted Chelsea its second goal.
His poor clearance into no-man’s-land went straight to Oscar of Chelsea and the Brazilian playmaker slipped Drogba through on goal for the veteran forward to score his second EPL goal of the season and his team’s second of the night.
Tottenham dominated the possessions 61-percent to 39-percent, but the visitors failed to get anything past Thibaut Remy in the Chelsea goal.
And the Blues punished them for wasting all that time with the ball by scoring another goal when substitute Remy completed the win with an impressive finish from 12 yards.
“We played against a very good team and they showed that during some periods in the game,” Chelsea manager Mourinho said.
“They started better than us and should have scored before us, but after our first goal our team became more stable and confident and we controlled the game.
“I’m really happy with the points, performance and spirit of the players. It’s too heavy a result, though, for Tottenham.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was “very disappointed” with the defeat, as he felt his side played well enough get something out of the contest.
He said: “We’re very disappointed because we created some chances to score and after we conceded in Chelsea’s first action, the game changed.
“After two or three minutes we made a mistake and they scored again.
“But I want to congratulate my players because they were brave in the second half. Today you could see that we have a very young squad who need games.
“It’s not because of that we lost. Chelsea were just very clinical in front of goal.”
Chelsea v Tottenham Teams
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba. Subs: Cech, Luis, Zouma, Mikel, Schurrle, Salah, Remy.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Chiriches, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Lennon, Kane. Subs: Kaboul, Paulinho, Soldado, Vorm, Dier, Naughton, Chadli.