Sep 20, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 40,621
Nott'm ForestNottingham Forest
Kenedy (13'), Batshuayi (18', 53', 84'), Musonda (40')
FT(HT: 3-0)
Darikwa (90')
Hobbs (21')

Result: Michy Batshuayi bags hat-trick as Chelsea cruise past Nottingham Forest

Michy Batshuayi scores a hat-trick as Chelsea make light work of Nottingham Forest with a 5-1 victory in the Carabao Cup third round at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea made light work of Nottingham Forest to reach the fourth round of the EFL Cup with a 5-1 win at Stamford Bridge this evening.

Michy Batshuayi helped himself to a hat-trick against the Championship visitors, while Charly Musonda and Kenedy were also on the scoresheet in a dominant victory for the Premier League champions.

Michy Batshuayi congratulates Kenedy during the EFL Cup game between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest on September 20, 2017© SilverHub

It was a successful night all round for Antonio Conte, with Eden Hazard showing promising form and coming through unscathed on his first start of the season.

The visitors were tidy on the ball but could not cope with Chelsea's attack, and the gulf in class showed on the board in the 13th minute.

Antonio Rudiger strode out unchallenged from Chelsea's defence and knocked an inviting cross to the back post for Kenedy to volley past Stephen Henderson.

The Blues doubled their lead five minutes later as Hazard's deflected through pass fell for Batshuayi, who poked through the legs of the Forest goalkeeper.

Forest came within inches of pulling one back with their best effort of the match, but Kieran Dowell's 20-yard free kick came back off the crossbar.

Chelsea killed the tie before half time as Musonda marked his first senior start for the club with a goal. Cesc Fabregas picked him out with an intelligent reverse pass, and the 20-year-old thumped a shot through Henderson, who could be adjudged culpable for two of the first three goals.

Charly Musonda celebrates scoring the third during the EFL Cup game between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest on September 20, 2017© Offside

To make matters worse for the Tricky Trees, Hazard began to really influence the game in the second period and, minutes after hitting the woodwork with a curling strike, he set up Batshuayi with some magical build-up play.

The Belgian latched onto another fine Fabregas find and skipped away from two physical Forest challenges before rounding Henderson, only to turn his back on the vacant goal and square for Batshuayi to have an easy finish.

Chelsea's stand-in striker knew nothing about his third on 84 minutes. Kenedy rattled the crossbar with a thunderous shot from the left edge of the area, and the ball rebounded off Batshuayi and into the unguarded net.

Conte used his side's comfortable cushion to give 17-year-olds Ethan Ampadu and Dujon Sterling debuts from the bench, but it was a Forest substitute who completed the scoring to give the visiting fans something to cheer.

The Reds broke down the right and advanced into the Chelsea box with some nice passing, although there was an element of fortune as the ball fell to Tendai Darikwa to grab their consolation with the last kick of the game.

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