Not much time to waste between the final whistle at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and kick-off at Goodison on Saturday lunchtime, which is a big reason why Conte was so happy to avoid extra-time, even though he rotated no less than eight players for the League Cup encounter.
“To play 30 minutes more would have been a bit dangerous. We had a great reaction. It’s not simple to concede a goal in the last minute of the game. When you have this reaction it means you have players with great character and heart.”
-Antonio Conte; source: Chelsea FC
Unfortunately, the man who scored Chelsea’s winner, and Chelse’s leading goalscorer, will not be available against Everton thanks to a silly yellow card he picked up after the goal. Morata thus adds his name to the two injury absentees, David Luiz and, assuming, Charly Musonda. On the plus side, Marcos Alonso is back after serving his one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation.