Four goals. But can Chelsea really win all four trophies?

The Premiership: Mourinho's Incredibles aim to supplant Invincibles
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Now that Chelsea have added Newcastle United to the list of clubs that they have given what for lately, what price Jose Mourinho covering the Russian-funded aristocrats of west London in glittering glory to the tune of four trophies?

Now that Chelsea have added Newcastle United to the list of clubs that they have given what for lately, what price Jose Mourinho covering the Russian-funded aristocrats of west London in glittering glory to the tune of four trophies?

In the last seven weeks, Mourinho's side have bitten back at the criticism that they looked the part but did not show their supremacy in the scoreline by putting four past Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Charlton Athletic and now Newcastle - all in the Premiership. Hence the five-point lead at the top.

It is tempting to ask who can stop them, but then it was not so long ago that a similar question was being posed about Arsenal, who snapped out of their lull yesterday with a 3-0 win over Birmingham City. The difference could lie in resources. Chelsea's are as good as limitless. Three substitutions that Mourinho made yesterday turned the game after the old goalless version of his side had played like mere mortals for much of the first half. Didier Drogba, missed during his injury absence, replaced Eidur Gudjohnsen at half-time and Wayne Bridge and Mateja Kezman - all three internationals - were sent on with it 0-0 after 61 minutes.

It took two more minutes for all that to change courtesy of a deft interchange between Drogba and Frank Lampard. The striker from the Ivory Coast nodded on and Lampard thrashed the ball home. Another six minutes on the England midfielder returned the compliment by setting up Drogba for the second. Then it was a party and in the best tradition of all such events in the swanky part of the capital it all ended with some flattery for the hosts. Arjen Robben displayed his rich talents a minute from the end to make it 3-0 and, at Mourinho's insistence, Kezman, who had earlier shot against a post, accepted the chance to open his Chelsea goalscoring account with a penalty after Damien Duff had been fouled. Thank you, darlings, as they say in those parts.

Graeme Souness, the Newcastle manager, was not the first and is unlikely to be the last to be left bemused by an encounter with the World Select XI Roman Abramovich has bought. "We are still shellshocked because 4-0 is harsh on us. They have some outstanding players," he said.

Steve Clarke, Chelsea's assistant manager, who stood in for Mourinho at the post-match press conference, said the manager had told the players at half-time that they could lose. "But there is always belief that even though we had not played well in the first half, we could still win it," Clarke said. He said the positive substitutions made Chelsea's intentions clear. "We felt it was important to win this game and the manager has shown that if he needs to make attacking changes he will do so."

It is not vital to win away to Porto on Tuesday, as the next step on the path towards the European Cup is already assured. A League Cup semi-final against Manchester United awaits and that leaves only the FA Cup. Then again, the bookmakers make Chelsea 3-1 to win nothing.

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