Once again, Chelsea find themselves within a serious spell of trouble. The Blues have now lost three of their past four Premier League fixtures – with their latest defeat coming against a rejuvenated Everton side at Goodison Park.
Caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson led the Toffees to a 3-1 victory after parting ways with Marco Silva during the week- a victory that was thoroughly deserved with Chelsea’s defensive struggles costing them once more.
Richarlison scored within the first five minutes of the game, getting Chelsea off to a shaky start that they were unfortunately unable to recover from. After half time, there was hope of a much-needed comeback from the Blues which was short lived as Dominic Calvert – Lewin hit another in for the Toffees shortly after the beginning of the second half.
Mateo Kovacic managed to knock one back in the 52nd minute but Lampard’s side lacked serious motivation and drive, preventing them to take anything else from a disappointing match.
Another goals from Calvert – Lewin in the late stages of the match was enough to see the game off – but at this point, Chelsea appeared that they had already handed over the game.
Once again, Chelsea dominated in possession but had little to show for it. The Blues managed 70% as they took on Everton away from home, but their lack of clinical finishes has become a reoccurring theme in recent matches.
Of course, Chelsea’s main issue, however, still lies with the defence – an issue that will need to be tackled in January, now the ban has officially been overturned. The Blues appear extremely fragile at the back, giving teams like Everton the perfect opportunity to take advantage and counter attack. Both Christensen and Kurt Zouma had particularly bad games, but the main talking point was Kepa Arrizabalaga’s horrendous mistake in the final moments of the match…
Although the Spaniard made a couple of great saves, it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore his errors. A bad back pass from the keeper led to Everton’s final goal, with Clavert- Lewin able to net it between his legs.
Some questionable substitutions from Lampard also came as a worrying factor within the match. Taking Reece James off for Michy Batshuayii with the team already struggling defensively, proved to be a bad move from the boss – and Everton managed to secure the final goal shortly after.
Against an Everton side who have been in a horrific spell of form this season, this result will be a massive blow for Frank Lampard’s men – and they will have to turn it around soon, with Wolves and Spurs quickly catching them up in the table.