5 things we learnt from Chelsea’s defeat to Everton.
(Source: Taste of football)
After a tough day at Goodison park as Everton ran out 3-1 winner against the blues, here 5 things we learnt about Chelsea after the defeat.
1) Chelsea missed Jorginho’s presence in midfield.
Manager Frank Lampard decided to leave Jorginho on the bench yet again as he did not start against villa as well. It was clear that Chelsea missed his presence in midfield, Jorginho is a fantastic passer of the ball and is vital for Chelsea when they play out from the back. With no Jorginho in the starting lineup Chelsea had no creativity and failed to dictate tempo in the first half despite having a lot of possession. Chelsea also missed his presence defensively as Kovacic and Kante were playing in a pivot with mason mount just ahead in that attacking mid role. It was certainly a huge mistake by Frank Lampard to drop the Italian as Chelsea struggled defensively and missed his ability of unlocking the oppositions defence with his spectacular passing.
2) Kepa starting to look suspect.
It is fair to say in recent games Kepa has not lived up to his standard. He has had some terrible performances in the last couple of games. Kepa came into this game with a save percentage of 55.56. Most of the shots that he faces, under half of them end up in the back of the net. Could argue that the defenders he has in front of are not doing a good job, but Kepa has let in some easy goals. He can be forgiven for Richarlisons header but has to be blamed for the 3rd goal. Gave a dreadful pass that was intercepted by Theo Walcott. Which led to Everton doubleing their lead. Kepas distributions have poor of late but still deserves more time to improve.
3) Tomori is needed in Chelsea’s defense
Another issue with yesterday’s staring lineup was that Lampard dropped Fikayo Tomori to give Christensen a run in the team. To be fair to Christensen he had a good game against villa and probably deserved to start again, but Everton have quality players in their team and Tomori would have been better to stop players like Richarlison and Calvert lewin. Tomori makes a lot of crucial tackles, he is rapid and Is very good in the air. His physicality cannot be questioned. Chelsea missed his presence in the box as he would have dealt with the pressure. Tomori who has been Chelsea’s best Centre back this season should play alongside Kurt Zouma till Antonio Rudiger is back. Tomori and Rudiger can be a very good pairing for Chelsea and might stabilise this defense. Because although Zouma has been good, there are still some mistakes in him.
4) Kovacic Deserves more praise
Yet again another impressive performance by the Croatian. Arguably he was Chelsea’s man of the match. He was the only player who tried to move the ball forward quickly, dribble past players and make life hard for Everton. He was rewarded with a superb goal. He scored from 25 yards out and most people would have not had a attempt, Kovacic wonderfully guided the ball in the bottom corner and Pickford had no chance to save that
5) Frank Lampard got it wrong
With games coming thick and fast in the December Lampard did not rotate in the correct manner. After dropping Jorginho in midweek against villa he should have started him against Everton. It was clear to see that Chelsea missed him. The Italians balls over the top, awareness and his overall ability to control the game would have been a very good option especially when Chelsea were away. Fikayo Tomori should have back in the starting eleven as Chelsea were left vulnerable without him. Lampard should have started Emerson as well, he would have been threat going forward for the blues as he tends to put dangerous balls inside the box and Chelsea missed that. Frank Lampard made his substitutions way too. He waited till the 70th minute to make his first substitutions. His second substitution was questionable as brought Michy Batshuayi on and removed Reece James. With many games coming December hopefully the inexperienced Frank Lampard will learn from his mistakes