Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with the Blues’ goals coming from Oscar, Diego Costa and Willian.
The result meant Jose Mourinho’s side remained three points clear at the top of the Premier League table with six games played.
Here are five things we learned about Chelsea following their latest impressive showing:
Mourinho’s Costa treatment is working
Diego Costa has started life as a Chelsea striker in blistering form, the Spanish international scoring eight goals in just seven appearances.
Shortly after the match, Mourinho admitted that Costa is hardly training at the moment as he rests his tight muscle. But the Special One’s treatment of his new star striker is working a treat, with the former Atletico Madrid man looking like the difference between despair and Premier League glory.
Willian is an underrated superstar
In this Chelsea side, there are plenty of superstars, but Willian’s performance against Aston Villa proved he is a vital part of this side. One goal and one assist ensured the Brazilian had a match to remember and while there is considerable strength in depth at Mourinho’s disposal, Willian’s ability and work ethic are such that he will be picked more often than not.
In short, this was a fine performance from a fine player.
The beautiful moments come from the hard graft
Yes Chelsea score a lot of goals, but they also work their socks off. Mourinho has instilled a work ethic that is followed by every single one of his players and that paid off against Villa as the Blues sought to win the ball back as soon as possible.
That can only bode well for the challenges ahead. The only question is: Can they maintain their form all season?
Fabregas is a man for all occasions
Cesc Fabregas played in a deeper role against Villa and while he was not at his usual assist-king best he still played a big role in the win. The Spanish international can play – and excel – in a number of different positions and it is that versatility that means he could ultimately be just as important to Chelsea’s campaign as their deadly new striker.
Chelsea’s defence remains steadfast
For all their attacking talent, Chelsea’s defence is mighty impressive. Mourinho has clearly settled on a back-four that will get the nod whenever they are fit and available, and they are repaying him with excellent performances.
Villa managed just one shot on target on Saturday, and much of that was down to the fine work of the men in front of Thibaut Courtois’ goal.