With Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti choosing to play with four centre-backs to compose his defensive line, we could expect yet another cagey encounter between Everton and Chelsea. And that was the tune of the affair until minute 21, when the hosts got a penalty on Dominic Calvert-Lewin after a foul by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Mendy was not entirely to blame for the act, as it was a rare Thiago Silva mistake that lead Calwert-Lewin to insert himself into our danger zone. But the shot-stopper could not redeem himself nor today’s captain when facing Gylfi Sigurdsson on the spot, with the Icelandic midfielder converting the chance.
The goal ignited Chelsea, who finally found themselves shooting against Jordan Pickford’s goal as Reece James took charge of leading our offensive efforts. But it was not enough for us to breach the hosts in the first half.
The second half almost started on a high note, with Mason Mount narrowly missing the goal with a long-distance ball. But soon Everton got back into the heat of the moment, nearly getting yet another penalty via Calvert-Lewin — which thankfully was ruled out since the striker was offside.
Abraham and Gilmour came on to try to aid our efforts and maybe keep the 17-match unbeaten streak alive. But they could not do it.
Carefree, wherever we may be.
- Nine changes made from the starting eleven selected to face FC Krasnodar for the Champions League mid-week, with only Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic playing back to back.
- Subs are Tammy Abraham for Havertz and Billy Gilmour for Kovacic.
- You cannot take your eyes off Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Ever.
- Next up: Wolverhampton away for the Premier League.