Goals from Mohammed Salah, Frank Lampard and Willian secured a comfortable home win for Chelsea at home to Stoke and saw the Blues go back to the summit of the Premier League table.
Stoke came into the game unbeaten in their last five games but Chelsea took control of the game from the early stages and pinned the visitors back into their own half, with Asmir Begovic forced into two saves midway through the half from Willian and Fernando Torres.
The home side did take the lead just after the half hour mark, as Nemanja Matic drilled a low cross into the box from the left and it went straight through to Salah, who placed the ball past Begovic for a goal on his first start for the club. Chelsea thought they’d doubled the lead five minutes before the break but Branislav Ivanovic’s header was disallowed for offside.
Mourinho’s side continued to dominate the second half and eventually the pressure told as they were awarded a penalty on the hour as Andy Wilkinson fouled Salah. Lampard stepped up only to see his spot kick saved by Begovic, but the ball fell back into the path of Lampard who tapped in for his 250th goal for the club.
Brazilian Willian scored the pick of the goals with twenty minutes remaining, as he collected Salah’s pass outside the area and curled a beautiful shot past Begovic into the top corner, to cap off a fine display after an abject performance in the Champions League in midweek.
Chelsea move back to the top of the table but could be replaced there tomorrow by Liverpool, whilst Stoke’s run of five unbeaten comes to an end and they stay tenth.