Chelsea bounced back to winning ways in a 6-0 demolition of Barnsley in an EFL Cup match played at the Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
It was a special night for new signing Kai Havertz, who scored a memorable senior career hat-trick in his third start for the Blues.
Tammy Abraham Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud got the other three for Chelsea, in a relatively comfortable win.
Coach Frank Lampard handed Thiago Silva his debut, and the Brazilian was the foundation on which the win was founded.
Captain Cezar Azpilicueta, who missed the first two matches was recalled, having recovered from an injury he carried from last season.
Ben Chilwell started from the bench but was introduced late on with the victory already secured, and he had a hand in the last goal.
Will Caballero too was in the starting lineup, replacing the under-pressure Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The hosts controlled the match for long spells, but it was the visitors who troubled them early on, time and again forcing Caballero into numerous saves.
The breakthrough however came on the 19th minute when Abraham took advantage of slack defending to dispossess a defender and sneak his shot past the goalkeeper.
Five minutes later, the Blues should have gone 2-0 up, but Mason Mount fired just wide of the left post from inside the box after running onto a splendid pass from Havertz.
It didn't take long though to double their lead as Mount teed up the German inside the box on the 28th minute, and he rolled the ball into the bottom right corner and past Bradley Collins for a 2-0 lead.
Kai Havertz’s first Chelsea goal. pic.twitter.com/8Jh3ydarwA— ✈️ (@Arrizabalager) September 23, 2020
Despite going down 2-0, the visitors kept knocking but were kept out by the brilliant Caballero.
The goals continued in the second half as Barkley scored the third on the 49th minute, taking advantage of a huge mistake by the defender to all but give the Blues the win.
Havertz then returned with two goals; one in the 55th minute before completing his hat-trick with a beautiful third in the 63rd.
⚽️ 28'— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 23, 2020
Kai Havertz has completed the first hat-trick of his senior career. 🎩 pic.twitter.com/xng37DvMJT
Substitutes Chilwell and Olivier Giroud combined well for Chelsea's sixth on the 83rd minute, with the latter beautifully meeting a cross from the wing to head home from close-range.
The Blues could not add a seventh despite controlling possession and getting numerous chances, making it into the fourth-round for the 10th successive season.