Whilst most of the UK enjoyed a mini-heatwave on Sunday, it was a miserable day in Lancashire but Chelsea lit up the day as far as our supporters were concerned, Frank Lampard hit a hat-trick and Daniel Sturridge scored twice.
Sturridge created one of Lampard’s goals and Chelsea were 4-0 up before half-an-hour was played.
The home team were able to close the deficit straight after the interval, when Chelsea conceded from a set-piece but Lampard restored the four-goal advantage on a day when the team were clinical in front of goal – a big confidence boost ahead of a break for international fixtures.
Seeing Lampard netting at the end of the ground where he scored his iconic title-clinchers back in 2005 is always special, but his third goal in front of the Chelsea fans took the midfielder above George Mills in the list of highest league goalscorers for the Blues.
Drogba started for the first time for five weeks, replacing the suspended Fernando Torres and Sturridge also came back in, whilst Juan Mata was the one member of the front three from the draw in Valencia to keep his place.
The defence was unchanged, meaning David Luiz started with Branislav Ivanovic finding himself sat on the bench again. In midfield, Raul Meireles was preferred to John Mikel Obi as the holding midfielder.
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Article by: Clare Smith