By Alex Stevens
Paul Scholes claimed Everton were “annihilated” by a “sensational” Chelsea display on Saturday night.
The Manchester United legend ripped into Ronald Koeman’s side after they were demolished 5-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
An Eden Hazard brace and goals from Marco Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro secured a memorable triumph for Chelsea and lifted them to the top of the Premier League.
Antonio Conte’s side moved one point clear of Manchester City, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Middlesbrough earlier on Saturday.
For Everton, it was a night to forget as they failed to contain Chelsea even though Ronald Koeman rejigged his formation and deployed a three-man defence in a bid to counteract the home side’s 3-4-3 formation.
“Koeman will be scratching his head, he’ll be wondering what has happened here,” Scholes told BT Sport’s live coverage of the match immediately afterwards. “They have just been absolutely annihilated.
“You associate them with being good in possession, they weren’t good at that. They looked an old team today, they looked slow, really sluggish.
“There’s no real excuse for that. There’s no European football to worry about. You could slag Everton off all day but, on the other hand, Chelsea were sensational. It was as good football as you’ll see.”
Everton remain sixth in the Premier League but they have slipped seven points behind the new leaders from Stamford Bridge.
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