Havertz stars, as Chelsea ease past Everton

Chelsea extended their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel to 11 games in all competitions as they defeated their nearest top four competitor Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were in total control of the game as they peppered Everton with nine shots on target, while restricting the Toffees to just one.

Tuchel rang in the changes yet again as he replaced Antonio Rudiger and Mason Mount with Kurt Zouma and Kai Havertz. Chelsea dominated the game through their possession in the opening thirty minutes, but lacked the precision in final third to trouble Pickford.

Chelsea took the lead through a Ben Godfrey own goal in the 31st minute as the defender deflected Kai Havertz’s flick past Pickford. The Everton goalkeeper produced a stunning fingertip save in the 41st minute to deny Alonso doubling Chelsea’s lead, as the Blues continued to attack with every opportunity.

Kai Havertz thought he had doubled Chelsea’s lead after chesting Alonso’ cross and lashing home his effort. However, VAR adjudged the German international had handled the ball and chalked off the goal. Richarlison missed a great chance to equalise for Everton as the Brazilian lashed his effort wide of the post after being played through Sigurdsson.

Pickford produced a decent save to tip Hudson-Odoi’s effort over the crossbar as Chelsea continued to dominate proceedings. Chelsea’s attacking intentions paid dividends as Pickford conceded a penalty by bringing down Havertz in the box. Jorginho stepped up to double Chelsea’s lead by slotting his effort into bottom-left corner.

Werner missed a great chance to score Chelsea’s third after outmuscling Godfrey out of the way, but ended up shooting close to Pickford. The German international missed another chance few minutes later as Pickford produced a brilliant double save to first deny Werner at the near post, and then to palm away Kante’s follow up over the bar.

The England goalkeeper was needed yet again in the final minute of stoppage time to palm away Mount’s effort from the edge of the box.

The win helped Chelsea maintain fourth spot in the table, 3 points behind third-placed Leicester and 4 points behind second-placed Manchester United.

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