Chelsea’s top-four hopes were handed a massive boost with an emphatic win over Everton on Sunday afternoon.
In arguably the Blues’ most complete performance this season they raced into a two-goal first-half lead thanks to strikes from Mason Mount and Pedro – both ending long waits to get on the scoresheet.
Things got even better after the break as quickfire goals from Willian and Olivier Giroud took the game away from the visitors and saw the hosts close the gap on third-placed Leicester City to just two points.
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Next up for Frank Lampard’s side are Aston Villa in the Premier League this coming Saturday.
As ever, football.london will have all the build-up to the game at Villa Park as the Blues look for a boost ahead of their Champions League decider away at Bayern Munich four days later.
With that said, here’s all the news from around the Stamford Bridge over the past 24 hours.
Player ratings vs Everton
As mentioned above, it was a comfortable afternoon for the Blues as they ruined former manager Carlo Ancelotti’s return to west London.
Having scored four goals and kept a clean sheet, selecting a standout player proved to be a difficult task.
In the end, Billy Gilmour and Mount earned top marks.
Chelsea celebrate Willian’s goal against Everton (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
But how did the rest of the team fare?
Click here to read how football.london rated the Chelsea players against Everton.
Frank Lampard press conference
The Blues head coach faced the media following his side’s win over Everton and one of the main talking points to come from his post-match press conference centred around Gilmour’s performance.
“He’s receiving the ball in difficult areas on the pitch,” Lampard said. “If you don’t move it quickly, firstly you don’t get the rhythm in our play and it breaks…