Chelsea moved back to the top of the Premier League table after a 3-0 win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. Stoke battled hard throughout, but they never looked like beating Petr Cech and once Chelsea had the lead – the result was not in doubt.
The three points take Chelsea back to the summit of the English Premier League (EPL) table, albeit what could happen today with Liverpool facing West Ham.
Mohamed Salah, making his first start for Chelsea, opened the scoring with a nice first-time finish just after the half-hour mark. Salah then played a hand in the second as he was brought down by Stoke sub Andy Wilkinson on the hour. Asmir Begovic saved Frank Lampard’s spot-kick but Chelsea’s record scorer followed up for his 250th goal of his career.
The win was sealed on 72-minute thanks to a wonderful finish from Brazilian Willian – his first in-front of his own fans – as he curled the ball past Begovic from the edge of the box.
It was a fitting finale for the match, as Willian controlled the game from the middle of the park and was the outstanding player on show.