Frightening Chelsea lay down title marker to misfiring Manchester City.

Diego Costa contributed two goals to the Blues cause as they blew Everton away at Goodison Park and it looks as though their struggles of last season are well behind them…

Jose Mourinho spent last season pretending that he was satisfied with his striking options. At home, however, against the Premier League’s lesser sides, Chelsea were often incapable of turning their solid possession into something more tangible – goals.

With Fernando Torres now officially written off as a flop and packed off to AC Milan and Demba Ba doing similar at Besiktas, Mourinho fortified his attacking line-up in the pre-season.

Didier Drogba replaced Samuel Eto’o in the veteran role while the pace of  imminant arrival Loic Remy will give Chelsea even more firepower. It would not be remiss to say at this stage, however, that Diego Costa is the difference between Chelsea being mere title hopefuls and Chelsea leading the Premier League race from the front.

He dominated Everton, quite literally from minute one to 90, with a goal at either end to bookend this tie. There could have been more besides for the strapping Spain international, who looked composed and at home as the mischief-maker in Mourinho’s team.

The Chelsea manager’s natural inclination is usually to shut teams down once his own has their noses in front. Doing that here merely played into Everton’s hands. Roberto Martinez likes his team to have the ball and be the aggressors. The Blues sitting deep and allowing the hosts on preceded the goal from Kevin Mirallas which allowed Everton to knock at the door.

post by Funsho Fagbure