Chelsea received off to a optimistic begin regardless of a sluggish efficiency within the Premier League opener as they secured a 1-0 victory in opposition to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday night.
A quiet first half noticed the house facet take pleasure in one of the best share of the probabilities, but it surely was Thomas Tuchel’s facet who took the lead after Abdoulaye Doucoure fouled Ben Chilwell contained in the field for Jorginho to attain Chelsea’s first aim of the season. The Toffees reacted nicely after the break as Demarai Gray discovered area contained in the field earlier than testing Edouard Mendy, and it was the house facet who got here shut once more to discovering the equaliser however for some determined defending.
Chelsea continued to wrestle to create significant probabilities regardless of some substitutions that noticed Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek launched, with a cautious method preferring to withstand strain from the house facet who misplaced endurance as the sport went on. 10 minutes of added time following a medical emergency within the stands pressured Chelsea to stay resolute deep into damage time, and so they had been capable of maintain on for 3 very important, hard-fought factors.
Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy had been the standout stars for Chelsea on the day, with their contribution very important in serving to earn a cleansheet.
Chelsea’s attacking play was predictable and poor too typically which noticed them wrestle to create probabilities from open play. Thomas Tuchel should additionally discover a manner to assist assist Raheem Sterling who was crowded out by the opposition.
MANAGER RATING (out of 10), 4 — A win for Chelsea is all that issues however Thomas Tuchel has loads to work on after his facet’s efficiency as we speak. The Blues may have simply been punished with their model of play not doing sufficient to assist the assault, and that’s one thing that have to be improved within the subsequent sport.
PLAYERS RATINGS (1-10; 10 = greatest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Edouard Mendy, 7 — A robust hand within the first half denied James Tarkowski from opening the scoring, and the Senegal worldwide then palmed away Demarai Grey’s effort simply moments into the second half.
DF Kalidou Koulibaly, 6 — The previous Napoli centre-back seemed optimistic at coping with some defensive conditions, notably balls within the air, however an general blended Premier League debut for Everton may have been higher with extra care taken over a few of his passes into midfield.
DF Thiago Silva, 8 — An important interception stopped a move from Demarai Grey that will have created one of the best probability of the primary half that epitomises the 37-year-old’s defensive show on the day. Thiago Silva’s studying of the sport set the usual for his staff.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 6 — Azpilicueta saved issues easy and did not look to make many errors, although he may have been nearer to Thiago Silva in some moments when Everton had been breaking shortly down the flank.
MF Ben Chilwell, 6 — The 25-year-old made essentially the most of contact within the field from Abdoulaye Doucoure to win a penalty simply earlier than the break to earn most dividends from an instinctive run into the field.
MF Jorginho, 6 — A cool penalty noticed Jorginho ship Jordan Pickford the unsuitable manner from the spot at hand Chelsea the lead. He had loads of the ball throughout the 90 minutes however did not look to make sufficient interventions on the defensive facet of his sport.
MF N’Golo Kante, 7 — The France worldwide broke up the play on numerous events, with N’golo Kante fast to cease the hazard, whereas he saved issues easy when transitioning the play forwards.
MF Reece James, 5 — James repeatedly seemed to stretch the play down the right-flank, however Everton seemed to counter his affect nicely by making certain he was closed down. The 22-year-old picked up a unnecessary yellow card for time-wasting earlier than the hour mark.
FW Raheem Sterling, 6 — The England worldwide loved some promising moments wherein he seemed Chelsea’s brightest participant going ahead, however he was typically left remoted and surrounded by Everton shirts.
FW Mason Mount, 5 — Mount struck a shot nicely early within the sport to check Jordan Pickford in an in any other case quiet sport for him. Astute motion helped carve a path for Chilwell to run by way of within the construct as much as Chelsea being awarded a penalty.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chilwell, 65″), 6 — A robust run pressured a foul from Vitaliy Mykolenko to provide Chelsea a free-kick in a harmful space.
Christian Pulisic (Mount, 65″), 5 — The USMNT star got here on for Mount simply after the hourmark, however Pulisic did not get the service he required to make an affect. Marc Cucurella (Koulibaly, 75″) N/R – Cucurella virtually registered a debut help together with his nicely picked-out move for Raheem Sterling, however the shot blocked by Mykolenko.
Armando Broja (Havertz, 75″), N/R — Substituted in for Havertz for the ultimate quarter-hour.
Conor Gallagher (Jorginho, 90+8″), N/R — A Chelsea debut noticed Gallagher launched for the ultimate two minutes of the sport.