Chelsea retained their place at the top of the Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham.
John Terry and Diego Costa grabbed the goals in an impressive display as the fourth-placed visitors were brushed aside at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea entered the game desperate to ensure they remained at the summit ahead of Manchester City’s trip to West Brom later in the day, although West Ham – a far cry from the team Jose Mourinho famously claimed played “19th Century football” in a 0-0 draw last term – were expected to pose a significant threat.
That did not materialise in the opening period as Mourinho’s men dominated, entering the break 1-0 ahead as Terry scored in back-to-back matches for the first time in a decade.
And even an added urgency could not spark a turnaround for West Ham after the restart, Costa firing home his 13th goal in 15 Premier League outings since moving to Chelsea.
Sam Allardyce’s team never really threatened to get back into the game from there, although Morgan Amalfitano struck the post as they pressed late on.