Bottom of the Premier League they may be, but Sheffield United are not often thrashed or pummelled. The heavy scoreline inflicted by Chelsea will leave nasty bruises, not least because Chris Wilder’s United had taken the lead, David McGoldrick breaking the impregnable fortress surrounding the new goalkeeper Édouard Mendy. Once Chelsea came back from that, though, the traffic went only one way.
Several new Blues had significant roles in turning the early setback into a strident victory. Chelsea’s summer recruits Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner added to Tammy Abraham’s equaliser the goals that move Chelsea up to third in the table. Another new signing, Hakim Ziyech, had as much influence as anyone, with his confident touch and sharp eye for a pass over