London: Champions Chelsea demolished West Bromwich Albion 6-0 on Saturday, shrugging off poor pre-season form to launch their Premier League campaign in style.
Didier Drogba grabbed a hat-trick and Florent Malouda scored twice as promoted West Brom, managed by former Chelsea midfielder Roberto di Matteo, were picked apart at Stamford Bridge.
Malouda put Carlo Ancelotti`s side ahead after six minutes and Drogba doubled the lead with a free kick shortly before the interval.
The Ivory Coast striker grabbed his second after 55 minutes before Frank Lampard`s clinical finish and another for Drogba with a deflected effort. Malouda completed the rout late on.
Chelsea have scored 21 goals in their last three home league games, having thumped Wigan Athletic 8-0 and and Stoke City 7-0 during their run-in to the title last season.