Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti warned his side against complacency after they continued to set the pace in the English Premier League with a thumping 4-0 win away at Bolton on Saturday.
Having put five past Blackburn Rovers last weekend, goals from Frank Lampard, Deco, Didier Drogba and an own goal from Zat Knight sealed the victory at the Reebok Stadium, taking Chelsea to 27 points.
They also beat Bolton 4-0 in the week in a Carling Cup game.
Manchester United secured a 2-0 win at home over Blackburn to stay in second place on 25 points, three points ahead of Arsenal, who defeated bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the first match of the day.
Despite another convincing performance, Ancelotti is keen to keep the win in perspective and stressed that it is still early in the season.
‘Our results have been good, but we know it’s not possible to win every game 4-0. It’s dangerous to think like that. We must keep our concentration and try to play well for 90 minutes, that’s all that matters.’
A goal from Dimitar Berbatov 10 minutes into the second half calmed the nerves of Manchester United in their win over Blackburn at Old Trafford.
With patchy form going into the match, the champions were unconvincing until the goal. But a touch of class from the Bulgarian striker, who controlled Patrice Evra’s cross before turning and volleying in superbly, lifted the confidence and mood of the Old Trafford crowd.
As Blackburn pushed on in search of an equaliser, Wayne Rooney swept in Anderson’s cross.
Two goals from Robin van Persie and one for Cesc Fabregas gave Arsenal a comfortable victory, though their opponents played a large part in each of the goals through very poor defending.
Van Persie converted Bakari Sagna’s low cross three minutes ahead of half-time before Spurs gifted Fabregas the second straight from the ensuing kick-off. Van Persie added a simple third to seal the victory on the hour mark.
Liverpool’s title challenge hangs by a thread after they crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Fulham, picking up red cards for Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher in the process.
Bobby Zamora opened the scoring before Fernando Torres’s ninth goal of the season levelled before half-time. Substitute Erik Nevland restored Fulham’s lead after 73 minutes.
Reduced to nine men and chasing an equaliser, Liverpool were quickly picked off by Fulham as Clint Dempsey scored the third to hand Liverpool their fifth league defeat of the season.