Everton vs Chelsea: Match Report

Chelsea failed to go top of Premier League after being defeated at Goodison Park 1-0 to Everton.

Chelsea hoped to continue their form and go top of the table in Frank Lampard’s 50th premier league game as Chelsea manager.

Despite having the majority of the possession, it was Everton who looked the most dangerous throughout the game.

Five minutes in, a great one-two pass with Gylfi Sigurdsson put Richarlison inside the Chelsea box for a great chance but the shot was easy for Mendy.

20 minutes later a long pass from Pickford went just outside Chelsea’s box and was headed by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The striker attempted to attack the ball he headed in the box before being completely taken out by Mendy.

A clumsy penalty to give away and the Chelsea keeper failed to redeem himself as Sigurdsson sent Mendy the wrong way, calmly slotting the ball to the keeper’s left.

1-0 Everton.

Minutes later Reece James took a Chelsea freekick from quite a distance to win Chelsea the corner. The blues best chance of the first half would come from this corner as Reece James would strike the ball just outside the box after an Everton clearance. The shot deflected of Doucare and hit the post.

Chelsea had another half-chance to equalize in the 36th minute as Kovacic fizzed in a ball to Werner who managed to get a touch on it but it went over the bar. Kovacic was most definitely Chelsea’s player of the half on his 50th start for the club. The former Real Madrid player looked to be the only one in Chelsea’s midfield three to get passes in dangerous areas and he kept the ball well.

Another great pass from Sigurdsson would lead to Richarlison running inside the Chelsea box but it led to another save from Mendy.

Despite Chelsea enjoying the ball more, Everton looked like the most dangerous side in the first half creating the better chances.

At the start of the second half Pickford came out to punch a pass from Thiago Silva away but his clearance would find Kante. Kante touched the ball down for Mason Mount who would lift the ball from outside the box with his sidefoot and hit the crossbar. Mount was close to equalizing for Chelsea early in great fashion.

Near the hour mark Chelsea had another scare as Chilwell gave away a penalty fouling Calvert-Lewin but Everton’s star striker was offside and no penalty was awarded.

In the67th minute Lampard took out Kai Havertz for Tammy Abraham in what was another disappointing game for Chelsea’s £71 million signing.

Everton continued to defend well with a lot of Chelsea’s balls into the box meeting Michael Keane.

In the 79th minute Reece James had a promising run ended when Doucoure fouled him for a freekick in promising position. A big chance for Chelsea as Mount would choose not to go over the wall and hit the right post with a good freekick attempt.

Chelsea had another big chance in the 83rd minute through Olivier Giroud. Timo Wener put in a low cross into the box that managed to find Giroud who blasted the ball over. Giroud failed to continue his goalscoring form, but not to his fault as the frenchmen didn’t receive the great service in the game.

Poor performances from Chelsea’s wingers and a great performance from Everton’s entire back four and midfield who achieved their first clean sheet all season. In particular great performances from Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said: “When you go one-nil down against them it absolutely suits their game plans,” and that his side wasn’t “good enough”.

The Chelsea boss also took the chance to address what he called “some people” who said Chelsea are favourites to win the league. He said: “as a squad, we’re not there”.

Man of the Match: Michael Keane

Full time: Everton 1-0 Chelsea

Chelsea look to bounce back against Wolves on Tuesday in what will be another challenge.

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