Chelsea encountered few troubles against Nottingham Forest as the Premier League champions booked a place among the EFL Cup’s last 16.
Eden Hazard provided two assists on his first club start of the season and Michy Batshuayi scored a hat-trick as Chelsea eased into the EFL Cup fourth round with a 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest.
After three straight substitute appearances, Hazard looked back to his creative best following ankle surgery in guiding the heavily-rotated Blues past their outclassed Championship opposition.
Batshuayi, Charly Musonda and Kenedy were all included as part of nine changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Arsenal at the weekend and the trio all netted in a fluent first half.
The latter was making his first appearance since being sent home from a pre-season tour of China and set the hosts on their way with an early opener.
Batshuayi added a second after half-time to go with Musonda’s debut goal for the club before the Belgian completed his treble with four minutes left as Antonio Conte’s side comfortably accounted for the second-tier visitors, who pulled one back through Tendayi Darikwa in stoppage time.