Defending champions, Chelsea moved second after a dominant 5-0 thrashing of Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring for the Blues inside three minutes, before Danny Drinkwater doubled their lead six minutes later with a remarkable effort, his first goal for the club.
Full-time: Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City! 🙌
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 30, 2017
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Pedro Rodriguez made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute, after an excellent inter-change of passes with Willian Borges as Antonio Conte side went into the break in a comfortable position.
Willian added a fourth after the break, with second half substitute, Davide Zappacosta completing the rout late on.
A convincing performance and result for the Blues, who move into second place, ahead of Manchester United, who face Southampton later.
‘To finish  this way is great for me, the players, the club, the fans,” a visibly elated Conte said moments after the game. ‘This year was a fantastic year. To win the title is not easy, to be able to do this with your first chance, I will remember this year in my mind forever.”
Elsewhere, Bournemouth handed Everton a first defeat under new manager, Sam Allardyce, at the Vitality stadium.
Ryan Fraser score twice, after Idrissa Gana Gueye cancelled out his initial opener for the Cherries.
The win snaps a run of eight PL games without a win for Eddie Howe’s team.
At Vicarage Road, goals from Jordan Ayew and Luciano Narsingh earned Swansea an important come from behind 2-1 win over their hosts, Watford
Man United 0-0 Southampton
Liverpool 2-1 Leicester
B’mouth 2-1 Everton
Chelsea 5-0 Stoke
Huddersfield 0-0 Burnley
Watford 1-2 Swansea
Newcastle 0-0 Brighton