Top 5 Chelsea victories under Andre Villas-Boas
2. Chelsea 3-1 Everton: October 15, 2011
A tough nut to crack, as always, Everton arrived at Stamford Bridge on the back of two defeats out of which one came at the hands of their local rivals Liverpool. Eager to prove a point, Everton started off pretty well. Threatening the Chelsea net through Tim Cahill’s header and Louis Saha’s drive, Everton looked to be the dominant force in the first half hour.
Chelsea, who did not look the same team that had rattled Bolton a fortnight ago, had not won a single game against the Toffees on their homeground since 2006. An international break meant that the Chelsea manager had to start with Didier Drogba instead of Fernando Torres and the gamble paid off. Drogba’s hold up play followed by his pass to Ashley Cole led to the first Chelsea goal. The Blues’ left back beat his marker to the ball and lofted it in the centre where Daniel Sturridge pounced on it and headed the ball home. Chelsea extended their first half lead in the 45th minute when a Frank Lampard free kick was met by John Terry’s head. Just 16 minutes into the second half, Chelsea wrapped up the game when Ramires’ lung busting run in the middle was rewarded with a pass from Juan Mata, only for him to turn it home. Everton did grab a consolation goal in the 81st minute though substitute Apostolos Vellios.