A stellar performance for the Blues today saw them roll over a poor Everton side by four goals to nil. This win could prove to be vital in the top four race as the gap is now five from fifth placed Wolves. It was a disappointing homecoming for fan favourite Carlo Ancelotti as the Blues romped to victory at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud.
With injuries aplenty, midfield especially, many expected a similar lineup to what we saw in the liverpool game in midweek. Nothing short of seven – yes seven – injuries to first team players left the squad depleted. However, the team pulled together for a terrific team performance. Billy Gilmour started and continued in the same vein of form that we saw from his man of the match performance against Liverpool. Whilst Everton’s rigid 4-4-2 struggled to get a grip of the game, the Blues controlled the game from the outset.
Chelsea have scored four goals in a single Premier League game at Stamford Bridge for the first time this season.
Frank Lampard is schooling his former boss. 🎓 pic.twitter.com/K9uO3sOdoe
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The Blues’ started well, zipping the ball about with real conviction outnumbering Everton in midfield. An early chance came for Mount from a Willian cross, but his shot was well saved by the England number one. Not long after, Pedro fired a quick ball into Mount, who turned brilliantly to finish at the near post for his sixth goal of the season.
Confidence was definitely high following the goal with the Blues midfield and forward line looking very comfortable on the ball. Another goal came not long after following a slick passing move with Ross Barkley playing in Pedro with a perfectly weighted ball. The Spaniard applied a clinical finish to give the Blues that vital bit of breathing space.
Expecting a tougher second half, the game settled into the same familiar pattern. Chelsea made it three in the 51st minute with Barkley setting up Willian on the edge of the box and was given time to pick out the bottom left corner with a fantastic finish leaving Pickford helpless.
Chelsea made it four when Willian’s cross was finished off by Giroud. A goal that the Frenchman deserved for his work rate; winning headers and occupying the two Everton centre backs all day long. Late on we saw two new Chelsea youngsters take to the stage, duo Faustino Anjorin and Armando Broja both made first Premier League appearances at the tender age of 18 years old.
Billy Gilmour has been named man of the match in each of his last two appearances for Chelsea:
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What must be said is that this Everton have been on a great run recently, only losing two out of 14 games under Ancelotti. Which means this victory is a very credible one for the Blues, considering not many teams have rolled over Everton this season; especially in the manner in which we saw today. Big compliments to Frank Lampard the tactics and the team selection – albeit not that he had much choice with the injured players.
Standouts were Mount, Barkley and of course man of the match Gilmour but the whole team clicked in a way we haven’t seen for a while. It had the feel of the 5-0 win we produced under Antonio Conte in the 2016/17 season, which was also against Everton, where we were faultless and exciting for 90 minutes that day.
This game had a similar feel and we just hope the form continues into our upcoming run of tough away games in three different competitions coming up against Aston Villa, Bayern Munich, Leicester and West Ham. Meanwhile, this game rounds off a great week where Chelsea downed both teams from Merseyside in a matter of days – the test now is to continue the good form and stay on track for a good finish to the season.