An early kick off on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea were ready to take on the Toffees at Goodison Park. Everton were in a disarray as they sacked their manager Marco Silva after their 5-2 to defeat at the hands of their fierce rivals Liverpool. Everton legend Duncan Ferguson was in charge and was desperate to get his club back on track. Chelsea came into this game after defeating Villa at home and returned back to winning ways after two back to back defeats against City and West Ham.
Frank Lampard stuck with the same lineup that beat Aston Villa at home. Tomori was on the bench alongside Jorginho again. Christensen started back to back games and it was his chance to prove himself. The game kicked off and Chelsea had a point to prove. Everton started the game in fine fashion and they were rewarded with a goal as Richarlison scored a header to give Everton the lead. A brilliant cross by Sidibe and Richarlison, who is a danger in the air, converted his chance. The goal did not affect the Chelsea fans as they were still in fine voice and were backing their team who had a very lacklustre start to the game. It felt like new life came into this Everton side as they were all over the Blues.
After the goal, it was all Chelsea. They dominated possession and created a couple of chances but Chelsea didn’t manage to get a shot on target until the 35th minute. Everton had their backs against the wall and defended really well in order to hold on to their lead. They almost doubled their lead through Calvert-Lewin but he was denied by the Spaniard Kepa in goal. The HT whistle blew and Chelsea needed the whistle more than anyone. There was a lack of energy and creativity from the Blues. Nothing was going right for them and they needed to re-group.
As the second half began we expected Chelsea to go all out and but 4 minutes into the second half Everton doubled their lead through Calvert-Lewin, who robbed Zouma at the edge of the box and managed to convert his chance. Goodison Park was rocking and it was in full volume but their celebrations were cut short as Kovacic scored a spectacular goal from outside the box to give the Blues some hope. Chelsea were right back in this game and were close to levelling the game up as Holgate made a crucial block to deny Mason Mount as he kept Everton in the lead.
Chelsea started to put the pressure on as they were running out of time to come back into the game. Everton were holding on nervously. But a comedy of errors from Chelsea at the back gave Everton their 2 goal cushion back. Kepa made a dreadful pass was picked up by Walcott before it got to Zouma. Kante gave it his all to try and stop Everton but there was no stopping Calvert-Lewin as he converted his chance by putting ball in the back of the net, which went through Kepa’s legs. 6 minutes of added time was awarded and Everton were still nervous as they were not used to winning games in recent times. Chelsea offered nothing after Everton doubled their lead. The full time whistle blew and it was another defeat for the blues. Duncan Ferguson burst out in joy as he managed to get his first win as Everton manager. It was another major setback for the Blues. The players simply did not turn up. Chelsea’s defensive frailties showed up yet again as Christensen and Zouma had another poor game. Going forward Chelsea offered no threat and missed Jorginho massively as Lampard left him out yet again.
Hudson Odoi: 4
Michy Batshuayi: 4
“The first (goal conceded) was something we were aware of, Richarlison in the air, and the other two were really poor defending. We can’t give away the ridiculous (third) goal we gave away. They were direct and we had to deal with that and we didn’t deal with it well enough.”Lampard speaking post-match
What’s next for Chelsea?
After another poor performance from the Blues they faced another defeat. Lampard has to be criticised for his team selection, as he left Jorginho on the bench and Chelsea really suffered without him. Tomori was dropped again and he has been Chelsea’s best centre back this season. Lampard has to hold up his hands and take the blame. The players did not show up as well. Kante and Kovacic were the only players who gave it their all. Pulisic and Willian were poor yet again. And going forward they offered no threat. Chelsea have to move on as they have a massive game against Lille on Tuesday. A win for Chelsea will put them through to the knockout stages of the Champions League. So Chelsea have to learn from their mistakes and focus on Lille on Tuesday in order to progress to the next round.
UP THE CHELS!