Chelsea charged past helpless PAOK Salonika in the Europa League, leaving the Greek side in tatters after a thumping 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
An Olivier Giroud double was overshadowed by a first senior strike for Chelsea inductee Callum Hudson-Odoi on his full senior debut. His night of fabled fortunes continued, assisting Alvaro Morata’s late fourth.
The Blues’ clean slate of five victories secured top spot in Group L with one fixture remaining, giving them chance to focus on catching the runaway sides in the Premier League.
Here is how the Maurizio Sarri’s side rated on a simple Stamford Bridge victory.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: A spectator like the rest sitting inside Stamford Bridge. 5
Davide Zappacosta: Was unable to foray forward as much as usual in the Europa League, limited to an hour of football due to an injury. 6
Andreas Christensen: Rarely an incident where the Danish defender was called into action. Needs a tougher task in terms of opposition to develop further. 6
Gary Cahill: Will be relishing every moment he has left as a Chelsea player and was steady all evening. 6
Emerson: Every inkling suggests Emerson should play as a winger, bombing down the left flank at any offer. Still needs to work on his official position. 6
Ross Barkley: Had patches of play where he got involved in the play yet couldn’t stamp his authority on the tie. 6
Cesc Fabregas: Ran the show at his own pace, utilising his full arsenal of passing weaponry. Had a hand in each of Chelsea’s goals. 7
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Glimpses of a complete midfielder at times, belittling the PAOK midfielders with power, pace and skill. 7
Pedro: A delicate footballer who is extremely keen on the eye. Pedro’s perfect control and assist for the opener optimised that. 7
Olivier Giroud: A serious question lies as to how Giroud is not guaranteed a regular starting spot following an excellent execution for both his goals. 8
Callum Hudson-Odoi: Saw heaps of the ball out wide, wanting to beat his man or find a cross at any opportunity. Topped a dream-like evening off with an excellently taken finish and an assist. 8
Willian: Still managed a shot on target in the brief spell he had on the field. 5
Alvaro Morata: May have even tighter competition as the main striker after Giroud’s double, however, a well-taken goal himself will not do him any harm. 6
Ethan Ampadu: Has Welsh steel running through his veins in every tackle, never afraid to put his foot in. 6
By Nathaniel Kay at Stamford Bridge