Chelsea got their Premier League top-four bid firmly back on track with a 5-0 mauling of bottom club Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea came into the game on the back of a disastrous 4-0 thrashing at Bournemouth, which saw them drop down to fifth behind Arsenal on goal difference, while Huddersfield arrived rooted to the league’s basement after losing 10 of their last 11 games.
It was no surprise when Gonzalo Higuian scored his first goal for the Blues after joining during the transfer window before Eden Hazard added a second from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.
It was one-way traffic after the break, with both Hazard and Higuain adding their second of the afternoon before David Luiz made it five late on, as Chelsea moved back into fourth place, three points ahead of Arsenal, while Huddersfield remain bottom, 13 points adrift of safety.
Maurizio Sarri made four changes from Chelsea's drubbing in midweek as Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Ross Barkley and Willian started in place of Antonio Rudiger, Emerson, Mateo Kovacic and Pedro.
Huddersfield made five changes from their home defeat against Everton last time out, with Tommy Smith, Chris Lowe, Philip Billing, Aaron Mooy and Isaac Mbenza replaced by Florent Hadergjonaj, Claus Jorgensen, Jonathan Hogg, Jason Puncheon and Steve Mounie.
Barkley had the first chance for the hosts in the third minute when Willian’s pass towards Hazard rolled behind the Belgian and into his path, but his first-time effort whistled just wide of the post.
Huddersfield almost pulled a goal out of the bag on seven minutes when Lowe swung a cross into the area although Mooy, back in the side after a knee injury lay-off, guided his header over the top from 12 yards.
Chelsea responded to that scare by stepping up a gear and took the lead in the 16th minute when N’Golo Kante’s reverse pass picked out the run of Higuain and he lashed a low strike inside Lossl’s near post.
It remained one-way traffic as Barkley hit a volley wide in a good position, Higuain toe-poked a shot just of target and then Cesar Azpilicueta saw a 25-yard strike parried clear by Lossl on 23 minutes.
The Terriers created another half-chance just after the half-hour mark but Billing saw his effort in the area blocked by Christensen after good work by Adama Diakhaby.
On 34 minutes Luiz was guilty of spurning a decent chance to put Chelsea two-up but sent a free header wide of the mark from a corner.
Huddersfield then had a brief spell which was interrupted when they lost Diakhaby to injury on the back of Mbenza also limping off earlier in the half.
The points were virtually sealed on the stroke of half-time when Elias Kachunga appeared to trip Azpilicueta just inside the area and Hazard sent Lossl the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Huddersfield made a spirited start to the second half but it was Willian who had the first effort in anger on 49 minutes when he lashed an effort just over the top.
However, the Terriers responded and Mooy almost celebrated a goal in his 50th appearance for the club but Kepa Arrizabalaga parried his 35-yard strike wide of his goal on 54 minutes.
Chelsea clicked into gear and went three-up on 66 minutes when Hazard picked up a pass from Barkley inside the area and went past the advancing Lossl before slotting his second effort of the game into the empty net.
It was 4-0 three minutes later when Higuain grabbed his brace as he curled a first-time strike into the corner of Lossl’s net via a deflection off Terence Kongolo.
Chelsea continued to press on and grabbed a fifth four minutes from time when Luiz headed a corner towards the goal and it was diverted into the net off Kachunga’s outstretched leg.