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Premiership: Swansea 0-5 Chelsea

Diego Costa and Oscar score braces as Chelsea hammer Swansea

Chelsea sent out an emphatic Premier League title warning as Jose Mourinho’s side stunned Swansea by winning 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Oscar and Diego Costa both scored twice inside the first 36 minutes as leaders Chelsea opened up a five-point gap on nearest challengers Manchester City, who welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, and substitute Andre Schurrle completed the rout late on as Swansea suffered their worst home defeat for 24 years.

Mourinho might currently be facing a Football Association charge for claiming there is a ‘campaign’ to influence referees’ decisions against Chelsea, but he did not have to worry about the officials on this occasion as his team swatted aside Swansea, who were off the pace from the first minute.

Swansea had sold top goalscorer Wilfried Bony to Chelsea’s title rivals Manchester City in midweek and there was a disjointed look about the hosts with Leon Britton, Ki Sung-yueng and Jonjo Shelvey all missing from their midfield for differing reasons.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was dropped into a deeper role with Portuguese striker Nelson Oliveira handed his first start following his loan move from Benfica, but the formation did not seem to suit Sigurdsson as he gave away possession in the opening minute.

Oscar strode forward with purpose and lashed home a 20-yard shot which flew past Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal and was officially timed at 49 seconds.

Sigurdsson almost equalised immediately with a 25-yarder which hit the outside of the post but the Chelsea midfield were running the show and Oscar might have had a hat-trick before the 20-minute mark, the Brazilian forcing Fabianski to push out a swerving shot and then dragging another effort wide.

Fabianski saved from Eden Hazard before Chelsea cut through again with a move of stunning simplicity after 20 minutes, Willian and Oscar involved before Cesc Fabregas slipped in Diego Costa – the Spaniard’s 15th league assist of the season.

Costa blazed over another opening moments later and there was brief respite for Swansea when Bafetimbi Gomis tried his luck from distance.

Chelsea almost had another when Willian smashed against the post but the third goal arrived after 34 minutes when Federico Fernandez’s dreadful pass gave Costa the simplest of opportunities to tuck away his 17th league goal of the season.

Two minutes later and it was number four as Willian scampered through the middle to find Costa and his cut-back allowed Oscar to finish with ease.

It almost got worse for Swansea just before the break as Costa broke the offside trap and rounded Fabianski. The angle was tight so he pulled it back to Willian who hit the woodwork for a second time when his shot smashed against the crossbar.

Swansea attempted to inject some energy into their game at the start of the second half but Chelsea remained resolute at the back and Hazard skated past Dwight Tiendalli to set up a shooting chance for Fabregas which was weakly directed at Fabianski.

Oliveira had been one of the brightest Swansea players and he tried two long-range efforts before being replaced by Jay Fulton after 66 minutes, the move allowing Sigurdsson to push forward into his more natural attacking position behind Gomis.

But Chelsea were still determined to go in search of a fifth goal and Hazard’s 20-yard drive brought a fine full-length save from Fabianski before Oscar came within of completing his hat-trick from the same distance.

They were not to be denied, however, and Schurrle had the simplest task to tap Branislav Ivanovic’s cross into an empty net 11 minutes from time and condemn Swansea to their biggest home defeat since a 6-1 loss to Wigan in April 1991.

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League Cup: Derby 1-3 Chelsea

Filipe Luis’ stunner helped Chelsea clinch a routine 3-1 win over 10-man Derby and move into the Capital One Cup semi-final.

The defender’s superb free kick and Eden Hazard’s opener made it a comfortable night for Jose Mourinho at the iPro Stadium.

Derby briefly rallied after Craig Bryson pulled a late goal back but their hopes ended when Jake Buxton was sent off for a foul on Loic Remy and Andre Schurrle added a third.

The visitors lost Kurt Zouma after a serious-looking collision with goalkeeper Petr Cech but they were in cruise control and rarely got out of third gear.

It was a reminder to the Rams, should they earn promotion to the Premier League, of the challenges they face.

Jose Mourinho issued his intent as Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry and Didier Drogba — who came off injured — started while Derby boss Steve McClaren made just two changes.

Buxton came in for the suspended Ryan Shotton in defence while Will Hughes replaced Jeff Hendrick in midfield.

Third in the Championship, the Rams competed well with the top flight leaders without creating any openings while Chelsea were comfortable despite failing to threaten themselves.

But County hit the self destruct button on 23 minutes to gift the visitors the lead.

Richard Keogh was robbed on the edge of the Derby box by Hazard, he played a one-two with Fabregas and the Belgium international danced past three challenges to fire into the bottom corner.

It was ruthless Chelsea’s first shot on target. The goal settled them as Luis immediately fired straight at Lee Grant.

Aside from a flurry of corners late in the half Cech was a spectator, until he clattered into Zouma while he punched away the final corner a minute before the break.

The defender was poleaxed and needed treatment but while their club doctors attended to the defender Chelsea were frustrated by the stretcher-bearers.

Angered by their slow speed Fabregas and Azpilicueta grabbed the stretcher and helped carry it to their stricken teammate.

Branislav Ivanovic replaced him as half-time came, which gave Derby chance to regroup.

And they came close soon after the break when Hughes met Johnny Russell’s cutback but Cech pushed his low effort wide.

The chance briefly reinvigorated the Rams only for Chelsea to brilliantly extend their lead on 56 minutes.

It seemed too much to ask when Luis lined up a 30-yard free kick after Drogba was clipped, only for the defender to fire in a wonderful effort which flashed past Grant.

Again, Derby were silenced as Chelsea controlled the pace and tempo but the Rams grabbed a lifeline out of the blue with 19 minutes left.

Russell found Bryson on the edge of the area and the midfielder curled in off the post to give the hosts hope.

It disappeared though, on 78 minutes when Buxton was dismissed after he pulled Remy back as the striker ran through, much to the shock of his team-mates.

And, four minutes later, Chelsea wrapped up the win when Grant saved from Remy and Schurrle fired in the rebound.

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Champions League: Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Chelsea too good for Sporting Lisbon as Blues cruise to top spot

Serious Champions League business begins for Chelsea in February after Jose Mourinho’s men completed their unbeaten Group G campaign with a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon.

The Blues had already qualified for the last 16 as group winners, with Sporting hoping to join them ahead of Schalke, managed by Chelsea’s European Cup-winning manager Roberto di Matteo.

A Cesc Fabregas penalty and goals from Andre Schurrle and John Obi Mikel – his fifth goal in more than 300 Blues appearances – meant Sporting had to rely on Maribor avoiding defeat against Schalke.

But the Germans won 1-0 in Slovenia to advance to the knockout stages.

Chelsea had made six changes to the side which lost at Newcastle – the Blues’ first defeat in 24 matches this season – but strolled to a 2-0 lead within 16 minutes.

Jonathan Silva pulled a goal back five minutes into the second half, but Mikel restored the two-goal advantage within six minutes.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, an 18-year-old midfielder who has been at Chelsea since the age of eight, came off the substitutes’ bench for his debut with seven minutes remaining on what was a comfortable night for the home side.

Chelsea always appeared likely to win Group G, the only surprise was that their passage was not more comfortable.

The Blues opened with a draw with Schalke, who they beat 5-0 in Germany, beat Maribor 6-0, but drew the return and edged to a 1-0 win in Lisbon before Wednesday night’s triumph.

Chelsea will face sterner tests when their quest for a second European Cup – and Mourinho’s third with three different clubs – resumes, but first Hull await when the Premier League leaders return to domestic duty on Saturday.

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Premiership : Burnley 1-3 Chelsea

Diego Costa scored on his Premier League debut as Chelsea beat Burnley 3-1 at Turf Moor

The Clarets memorably beat Manchester Unitedin their first home game of the 2009-10 season, and Burnley fans would have been hoping for a similar result when Scott Arfield scored the opener after 14 minutes.

But Costa, a £32m summer signing from Atletico Madrid, took just 17 minutes to register his first goal for Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho’s side came from behind to beat the Premier League new boys.

The Spain striker’s debut was overshadowed by another summer signing from La Liga, as former Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas dominated in midfield and had a hand in all three Chelsea goals, with Andre Schuerrle and Branislav Ivanovic also on target in 20 whirlwind first-half minutes.

Chelsea manager Mourinho opted for Thibaut Courtois over Petr Cech in goal, and the Belgian repaid the faith with an assured debut and a brilliant save at the start of the second half to deny Arfield a second goal.

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