Premier League - 5 November 2016
Chelsea’s firework performance on Bonfire Night 2016 confirmed to the football world that Antonio Conte had rapidly turned the team into a force to be reckoned with. By the end of the season we were champions.
The familiar goalscoring pair of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were joined by a new name on the scoresheet when Marcos Alonso, establishing himself in the side as a wing-back, netted his maiden Chelsea goal as Everton, who were fresh from drawing at Man City were blown away in the first half.
Hazard, on his way to being voted Chelsea Player of the Season for a third time, added another after the restart and Pedro, who was discovering the scoring form of his Barcelona days, made it five.
Such was the overall dominance of the display, we did not allow the Merseysiders a single chance on goal worthy of the name.
Conte naturally declared himself very happy afterwards with Everton boss Ronald Koeman adding:
‘Chelsea showed us a very high level of football in every aspect. How aggressive you need to play, quality on the ball and winning second balls, there was a big difference. I didn’t expect it but that’s what happened.'
The Blues moved top of the table ahead of fixtures the following day but by the end of the month were outright Premier League leaders. We would not be moved for the rest of the campaign.