Chelsea thrash Swansea, Man Utd beat QPR

2015-01-18 09:00

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Chelsea routed Swansea 5-0 for the team’s biggest win of the English Premier League season, while Manchester United produced only their third away success of the campaign at Queens Park Rangers.

Diego Costa and Oscar both scored twice before Andre Schuerrle completed Swansea’s home humiliation yesterday, to go provisionally five points ahead of Manchester City, who host Arsenal today.

“The team is playing with high quality and has a clear identity of playing,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.

“Sometimes teams are good and play well without the clear identity, but all this season we are going in a certain direction.”

United laboured through the first half at QPR before a second-half turnaround saw substitutes Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson clinch a 2-0 victory.

QPR remain in the relegation zone after a fifth straight winless league match, while United remain fourth, two points behind Southampton.

The south-coast team won 2-1 at Newcastle after the first goals from Eljero Elia since joining on loan from Werder Bremen this month.

Tottenham moved up to fifth with a 2-1 victory over Sunderland, Liverpool won 2-0 at Aston Villa, bottom-place Leicester lost 1-0 to Stoke, and Crystal Palace came from two goals down to beat Burnley 3-2, making it two wins out of two under Alan Pardew.

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