On This Day: Chelsea kickstart memorable season
Chelsea players applaud the fans infront of the scoreboard showing their 6-3 victory after the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on August 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 2014/15 Premier League campaign was a memorable one for Chelsea fans as Jose Mourinho guided the club to a league and cup double.

After falling short the previous season, Mourinho spent big in the transfer window on the signings of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.

Their partnership proved crucial and was evident from as early as the opening minute of a high-scoring clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

A fast start

Chelsea went into the game on the back of two victories from their first two games of the season and within 35 seconds of kick-off, Fabregas slotted the ball through for Costa to fire past the onrushing Tim Howard.

It was the striker's third goal in three appearances and Fabregas' fourth assist in the same time.

Just moments later, Branislav Ivanovic doubled the blues lead despite appearing to be in an offside position.

The home side worked their way back into the game, but had to wait until the stroke of half-time to reduce the deficit courtesy of a Kevin Mirallas header.

The blues restored their two-goal advantage just over 20 minutes into the second half when Eden Hazard drove to the byline and saw his low cross deflected into his own net by Seamus Coleman.

A crazy 10 minutes

Mourinho's Chelsea during the first half of the 2014/15 season were vibrant and energetic going forward, but this at times left them vulnerable at the back and the next 10 minutes of this game proved to be the epitome of that.

Steven Naismith gave the Toffees hope again with a tidy finish after getting through on goal, but this was almost immediately cancelled out by Nemanja Matic's deflected finish into the bottom corner.

Former blue Samuel Eto'o came on off the bench to make it 4-3 and reignite the home supporters, but Mourinho's men replied instantly again; Ramires making it 5-3 a minute later.

The scoring seemed to be over with Chelsea controlling the closing minutes, but it was rounded off by the man who got the proceedings underway to begin with, as Costa latched onto a back-heel from John Obi Mikel, earned a yard to get a shot off on his weaker left foot, and drilled in a sixth for the visitors who continued their 100% record.

Lessons learned

The victory was an important demonstration of Chelsea's attacking power, but it also presented a danger to Mourinho, with the price of their free-flowing football seeming to be some defensive fragility. 

The blues played attractive football for the majority of the season's opening months- a 5-3 defeat to rivals Tottenham in January leading to a more pragmatic approach for the remainder of the campaign- but the concession of three goals would have definitely displeased their Portuguese manager.

The win sent Chelsea back to the top of the league, a position they would not relinquish.

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