An injury time goal from club captain John Terry was enough to give Chelsea all three points against top-four hopefuls Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The result keeps the Blues in first place in the Premier League, after their three nearest challengers also secured home victories over the weekend.
Arsenal thumped relegation threatened Sunderland 4-1, Manchester City, like Chelsea left if late to beat Stoke City 1-0 and Liverpool edged out Swansea City in a seven-goal thriller on Merseyside yesterday afternoon.
Jose Mourinho’s men will now turn their attention to the first leg of the Champions League last sixteen tie against Galatasary on Wednesday evening, while they return to league action three days later with the short trip bottom-of-the-table Fulham.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan veteran Javier Zanetti has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge by insisting that he is happy at the Serie A club, Sky Sports understands.
The 40 year old full-back had reportedly been a target for his former manager Jose Mourinho, who was said to be considering offering the Argentinian a one-year deal with a view to him becoming a coach.
However, Zanetti has said there has been no talk of a possible transfer, and has assured Inter fans that he will be staying put.