The key sign which shows Chelsea can fend off Manchester United and Tottenham in top four race

Chelsea’s race to get a Premier League top spot is going down to the wire.

Despite picking up three points themselves, Manchester United followed suit with a 2-0 win over neighbours City.

The Blues are still in prime position, holding on to fourth position by just three points from the pack hunting them down.

Chelsea’s inconsistencies have been obvious this season, especially at home, where they have lacked that clinical edge to get the wins needed.

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Yes, they have dominated matches but at the same time they have failed miserably to put teams away.

But Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Everton felt like a turning point bigger than they have had for the majority of the season.

Chelsea have had some good results this season, and some big performances, just like they did against Liverpool on Tuesday night.

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However, what they have failed to do on numerous occasions is really back it up with a performance that was just as good.

It’s fair to say that Everton were poor, very poor, but so many times this season Chelsea have failed to kill those matches off.

What they showed yesterday was a cutting edge and a clinical nature that they have been striving for throughout the majority of the middle of the season.

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Was it the most complete performance of the season?

“At home, yes,” Lampard said. “Because of the goals and the clean sheet. In terms of performance, we’ve been close to that level a lot here and then, in the end, I’ve been left mulling over a 1-0 defeat.

“We’ve played some good stuff here, with energy, but haven’t got the unpredictable bit right – the goals – that make it comfortable. We have reached levels but today it all came together, the finishing, the energy, speed of pass, tempo.

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