Chelsea are playing with  fluency and confidence. The front three of Hazard, Costa and Pedro are in the form of their lives and playing with telepathic understanding among them. The recent switch of formation has helped them a great deal. The match ended, Chelsea 5 Everton 0.

The Blues, who have not topped the pile since August, were in devastating form as Eden Hazard opened the scoring inside 19 minutes before Marcos Alonso doubled the lead just 23 seconds later.

Diego Costa put Conte’s side out of sight late in the first period, but Chelsea refused to relent after the break with Hazard grabbing his second before laying on Pedro to rubber stamp a five-star performance.

Manchester City’s slip at home against Middlesbrough earlier in the day paved the way for Chelsea to charge past Pep Guardiola’s men in the standings as Conte’s incredible record since reshuffling his system continued.

The Blues have won five on the bounce without conceding since Conte plumped for a 3-4-3 formation which has brought out the best in his attacking players while keeping Chelsea watertight at the back.

Attention will now turn to Sunday’s North London Derby when anything short of victory for Arsenal will see Chelsea maintain top spot, though a win for Liverpool over Watford later in the day could also see the Blues stint on top