Branislav Ivanovic and Pedro scored the goals but Chelsea’s fans twisted the knife on a surreal afternoon at Stamford Bridge.
The home fans booed the names of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Ivanovic – all seen to have either under performed or to have a part in Jose Mourinho’s sacking this week.
When Ivanovic opened the scoring after five minutes, the home fans chanted Mourinho’s name and pointed up at Roman Abramovich, sitting in his box alongside incoming interim coach Guus Hiddink and, tellingly, Blues legend Didier Drogba.
When Pedro added a second, the angry fans chanted: ‘Where were you when we were s***?’ a reference to the poor performances in the League that cost Mourinho his job. Brazilian winger Willian was cheered while countryman Oscar was impressive and capped a fine display by converting Chelsea’s third five minutes after half time.
Costa, however, missed a string of gilt-edged opportunities before being booed again when he was finally replaced with 14 minutes left by Loic Remy.
Fabio Borini converted on 53 minutes from close range after keeper Thibaut Courtois fumbled into his path.
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