Things did not quite go according to plan on Saturday at Everton as Chelsea failed to breach Sam Allardyce’s typical 19th century tactics and had to settle for the nil-all draw. Fortunately, there’s not much time to dilly-dally; just enough time to eat a bit of Christmas turkey, open some presents, drink some egg nog, and get ready for the Boxing Day bonanza as the league enters its second half of the season.
Due to the absence of Alvaro Morata through suspension, Conte once again opted for the “small” variation of the 3-4-3 against Everton, while leaving the one remaining recognizing striker on the bench. Conte defended this choice vehemently after the game, pointing out, correctly that Chelsea had never not failed to win with that system and if he had just a bit more luck, we would be sitting here discussing a win instead of a draw that felt like a loss.
In any case, no such concerns for Tuesday as Morata is back and ready to go. David Luiz and presumably Charly Musonda remain out.