Chelsea were at their irrepressible best as they thrashed Crystal Palace 4-1 in a Premier League clash at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.
Christian Pulisic netted twice, with Kai Havertz – in his best Premier League appearance for the Blues – and Kurt Zouma also scoring.
Chelsea Thrash Crystal Palace
Three-nil was scant reward for the west London side’s first-half dominance, and Palace briefly looked like they might get back into the game when Christian Benteke nodded home.
Pulisic’s second with 12 minutes remaining put the result beyond any doubt. They ensured Thomas Tuchel’s side go back into the fourth position and go into Wednesday’s Champions League, return leg with Porto in supreme confidence.
They will be looking to build on their solid performance in the first leg that earned them an impressive 2-0 win against the Portuguese team in Seville.
Goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have them firmly in control of the tie and with one foot in the semifinals.