With a fair few changes to the starting lineup, Chelsea started in a slightly disjointed fashion, especially in attack. But eventually we settled in, and as expected, began to dominate and control the match through possession. But also as has been our habit, we were unable to make any real headway against Everton’s defending.
But then, Hudson-Odoi and Alonso combined excellently on the left, with the underlapping wing-back/striker picking out Havertz arriving in the middle and even though he miscued his finish, he got the lucky deflection off Godfrey for a goal. Unfortunately, the goal was eventually given as an own goal.
Hudson-Odoi and Havertz were becoming even more influential as the half wore on, with the latter moving freely in central areas and the former switching often with Werner on the other flank. But it was Alonso again who almost got us a second, latching on to a fantastic ball over the top from Christensen. Only a despairing deflection from a defender and great save from Pickford kept the game at 1-0.
Everton started the second half full of fresh intent, but it were Chelsea who looked to have grabbed a second goal instead, with Hudson-Odoi finding Havertz in the area to chest-control, turn, and finish. But the referee ruled it out for a handball on the control and VAR agreed, even though the ball looked to have hit Havertz on the shirt sleeve, which is precisely what ruled Werner offside just four days ago.
So can you use that part of your body or not?? pic.twitter.com/dmPHCVZnTx— ✈️ (@Arrizabalager) March 8, 2021
Who even knows anymore.
Everton had a chance through Richarlison immediately in the wake of that VAR momentum shift, but Chelsea quickly settled back down and were able to find the second goal thanks to a great through-ball from Kovacic for Havertz running through. Pickford rushed out but was only able to clean out Havertz in the area. No doubt about that one! Jorginho easily dispatched the penalty to double Chelsea’s lead.
Chelsea could’ve added a couple more with Everton leaving themselves more and more open, but Werner was denied twice and Kanté once by
Lev Yashin Pickford, while we wasted several other counter opportunities with poor and slow decision-making.
But, no matter, the win was not in doubt by then.
- Several changes from Thursday’s win over Liverpool, with Zouma and Havertz getting rare starts (with Rudiger and Mount getting rare rests), and Alonso, Hudson-Odoi, and Kovacic also rotating back into the side.
- Havertz playing as the central player in the fluid front-three, with Hudson-Odoi and Werner swapping flanks a few times.
- Mount on for Hudson-Odoi just past the hour mark, with Werner going up top and Mount and Havertz in support as double-10s
- Kante for Kovacic for the final 10 minutes, then Pulisic on for
HavertzWerner for the final few
- That’s ELEVEN unbeaten for Tuchel, and another clean sheet!
- Hopefully Zouma (knee? hamstring?) knock doesn’t turn out to be a problem. He was able to play on, but it looked quite concerning for a minute.
- Nice to hear former Chelsea captain Karen Carney on the co-commentary with Peter Drury on the world broadcast feed
- Chelsea remain fourth, keeping pace with the two teams ahead of us, who also won this weekend. Just the tiniest of cushions to those behind, with West Ham playing next, against Leeds United.
- Next up: Leeds United away on Saturday lunchtime