CHELSEA thumped Champions League-chasing Everton 3-0 on Sunday to move another step closer to their second Premier League title in three years.
Antonio Conte’s Blues scored all three goals in the second-half thanks to strikes from Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian.
The victory sees them sit four points ahead of nearest-rivals Tottenham – with three wins from their last four games enough to lift the trophy.
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After a drab start to the 2016-17 in Conte’s debut bow in England, the Italian switched to a 3-4-3 formation.
The move transpired to be a masterstroke as the Blues went on a 13-game winning run as they stormed well clear at the top of the table.
While the formation switch helped and the resurgence of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard has been vital, it would appear Chelsea’s real secret weapon lies elsewhere.
In the centre of defence to be more precise, in the form of Cahill.
The England international’s goal at Goodison Park this weekend saw him take his season tally in the Premier League to six this season.
Premier League 2016-17
Gary Cahill – 6 (goals)
Riyad Mahrez – 5
Marcus Rashford – 5
Leroy Sane – 5
Kevin De Bruyne – 5
Anthony Martial – 4
Paul Pogba – 4
Wayne Rooney – 4
Not only is that impressive for a defender, it’s impressive full stop as his six strikes this season see him top a host of big-name – and big-money – forwards and midfielders.
Manchester United’s supposedly goal-thirsty quartet of Marcus Rashford (5), Wayne Rooney (4), Paul Pogba (4) and Anthony Martial (4) have ALL scored fewer this season.
Elsewhere Manchester City’s star duo Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane have also scored fewer at just five apiece.
Leicester’s hero from a season ago Riyad Mahrez has also been quiet, notching only five goals himself this campaign, down from 17 a year ago.