Hakim Ziyech starred as Chelsea cruised to a 4-1 victory over strugglers Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge this evening.
Ziyech turned provider twice; first for Ben Chilwell’s second goal for the club, and then for Thiago Silva to net his first in blue.
The win means the Blues are now unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and go into the international break with their heads held high, as they look to close the gap on leaders Southampton.
The Blades started on the front foot, initially causing Chelsea many problems in the opening of the game. Their persistence was rewarded when David McGoldrick instinctively flicked Sander Berge’s goalbound effort past Edouard Mendy to give the visitors a shock lead after 10 minutes.
The Blues, having not conceded in their last 6 games, quickly re-established control of the tie. Tammy Abraham levelled after 20 minutes, following wonderful play between Ziyech and Mateo Kovavic.
The Moroccan then combined with Chilwell, who bundled Ziyech’s teasing free kick in at the far post to swing the game in Chelsea’s favour on the half hour mark.
From there, there never seemed any doubt as to who would come away victorious, as the home side pushed on against a United side who were clearly devoid of any confidence. Captain Thiago Silva headed his first goal for the club from yet another beautiful Ziyech delivery.
Timo Werner squandered a golden chance as Ziyech looked to record a hat trick of assists, but the German quickly atoned for his error, burying past Aaron Ramsdale to make it four for the Blues.
Frank Lampard’s side look to be coming together immensely and if recent results have shown us anything, it’s that there seems to be only one direction in which our performances levels are heading. Chelsea face Newcastle at St James’ Park on the 21st November, following a two week international break. Providing there are no injuries while on duty, Lampard should have a full list of players to choose from and we may even see the return of Billy Gilmour to the squad.