London: Chelsea crushed Crystal Palace 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday to give interim manager Guus Hiddink his first victory, while Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 at Everton.
Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa scored the goals at a sodden Selhurst Park as champions Chelsea recorded their first win since the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
It was their first win away from home since a 3-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion on August 23 and elevated them to 14th place in the table, six points above the relegation zone.
“The very talented players, they start working also, to invest in the dirty work and not just the beautiful game they can play, because this league is very demanding,” said Hiddink, who is managing Chelsea in an interim capacity for the second time.
“And if you think you can do it just on your quality, what`s more given by talent than nature, then this league will kill you.”
Chelsea lost Eden Hazard to a groin problem in the early stages, but took the lead in the 29th minute when Costa cut the ball back for Oscar to sweep home.