Didier Drogba got on the scoresheet as Premier League leaders Chelsea made light of Diego Costa’s absence in a 3-0 win over Tottenham.
Spain forward Costa – scorer of 11 goals in 11 Premier League matches this season – missed Wednesday’s London derby at Stamford Bridge due to suspension, but that mattered little.
Chelsea legend Drogba, who returned to the club from Galatasaray in July, led the line superbly as Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten side – who top the table by six points – overcame a bright start from the visitors to win comfortably.
Harry Kane hit the crossbar early on for Tottenham, but Chelsea responded like the champions many fancy them to become with two quick-fire goals.
Eden Hazard set Chelsea on their way in the 19th minute before Drogba netted less than 180 seconds later for his second league goal of the season.
Substitute Loic Remy, who replaced Drogba, sealed the convincing home win 17 minutes from time as Tottenham’s winless run at Chelsea – which dates back to 1990 – continued.