Everton vs Chelsea – My View

The mighty blues need greater quality in depth

You would think being a Season Ticket Holder at Everton for the past 20 plus years to never raise your expectations too high!!

This was the case today, all week I had been thinking that we can beat Chelsea as long as we kept up the levels of performance which have been seen over the previous home games. If Crystal Palace can beat them at Stamford Bridge then Everton could certainly beat them at what has been fortress Goodison today (wouldn’t have said that last year!!)

When the team news was released at 1pm everyone in the pub made the same comment, “we need schneiderlin” and it proved to be the case in my opinion.

The game started well and Calvert-Lewin’s early chance could have well set the tone for a different afternoon, but apart from that Chelsea took control of the game, even though it took a superb strike from Pedro to open up the game. You could argue that Everton could have closed down quicker but there is nothing that could have been done about the finish.

After this Everton were chasing and Chelsea showed their predatory instincts, great signs of champions, and finished Everton off.

I thought Chelsea were worthy winners and couldn’t complain about the result, as I didn’t think that Everton did enough going forward.

But why?

This to me was a different team from that which we have previously seen and the absence of Schneiderlin  was making the difference which we also saw at Anfield and Old Trafford recently. Not taking anything away from Davies and Gueye, who were both good today but these 2 had different jobs to do today as so did Barkley playing in a deeper role than previous.

Tom Davies I thought was playing deeper than normal and not making his forward runs  but was doing a great job, showed no fear with several crunching but legal challenges on some big names.

Gueye’s sole job today was to keep Hazard in his pocket which he did really well all game and the main Chelsea playmaker hardly had a chance to move. Side note because of the job Gueye did, I would have given him Everton’s Man of the Match.

The lack of depth in the squad did show with Valencia and Calvert-Lewin starting, although I would question the latter with Miralles on the bench – can only assume he was carrying a knock. I didn’t also understand why the substitution for Calvert-Lewin took so long and I feel sorry for the young lad as he clearly has talent just playing in the wrong position, wide left.

But the depth also showed when Valencia came off for Kone, someone who all Everton fans thought had already left. From where I was sitting he didn’t look in great shape either.

Lukaku didn’t get the service and Barkley was playing deeper so we didn’t have this threat going forward.

A big summer is needed but the key points to take are, we have just been beaten by the champions elect, who were fast, skillful and energetic all afternoon. They also had the option of bringing on some world class fresh legged replacements – not Kone!

Image – Evertonfc.com

Listen blues we are 7th, have had a great first year under Koeman, new stadium on the way, transfers will happen during the summer to overhaul the squad ahead of our European Tour next season.

If I was Koeman I would try different players with different formations over the next couple of games so he knows exactly what is needed in the summer, regardless of the results as we are guaranteed 7th now.

The future is bright!