It seems as though Chelsea have well and truly put the defeat against Burnley aside as they put in another very promising performance against a strong Everton side. Fans were rightly cautious ahead of the game, knowing that Everton has invested significantly in their team and we are still not up to 100%. All those doubts, however, dissipated within the first 20 minutes of the game.
The match was definitely dominated by our Spaniards, with Fabregas, Morata, Pedro and Azpilicueta all showcasing their qualities throughout the game. From the beginning, it was obvious that Everton’s plan was to single out Morata and keep two men on him at all times. It was something the Spaniard struggled with at first but we gradually started opening up their defence with excellent performances by both our wingers Pedro and Willian. As soon as we found our stride, we started looking dominant – encircling Everton’s goal and the breakthrough looked inevitable. This came just before the 30-minute mark where Morata headed down a ball in the penalty box to Fabregas who slipped it in behind Pickford, giving Chelsea a deserved lead.
Morata himself has once again shown the qualities he will add to our team, especially finding spaces behind the defence and his superb link up play. It was also him that increased our advantage to 2-0 after a superb cross from Azpilicueta inside the box found Morata who neatly headed it in. The Spaniard set a new record as the first player to get a goal and assist in the first 2 consecutive home games, all with his head mind you!
In the second half we continued our dominant display and had the chance to increase our advantage even more, primarily through Pedro and Moses who had very good runs toward the goal but couldn’t seem to find the net, their shots either going just wide or right into Pickford. Everton was limp throughout the game but Sandro Ramirez should’ve exploited a Cesar Azpilicueta mistake early in the second half. Everton failed to have a shot on target for the second consecutive year at Stamford Bridge, highlighting their limpness.
All in all, it was a strong display against a tough team, however, it’s important to mention that we are definitely not up to 100% as of yet, with Hazard yet to return and both Morata and Bakayoko still not completely match-fit. Chelsea has responded like champions after the shock home defeat to Burnley with an emphatic response with wins against Tottenham at Wembley and against Everton. It looks incredibly foolish to have ruled Chelsea out of the title race so prematurely after Burnley.
Written by Amar Jasika