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Everton 2-0 Chelsea: blues ‘top four’ hopes dented

 

Highlights

– Richarlison powered a header into the roof of the net to give the Toffees the lead early in the second half

– Gylfi Sigurdsson doubled Everton’s advantage after initially having his penalty saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga

– Chelsea suffered a setback in the race for the top four as Everton eased past Maurizo Sarri’s side on Sunday

– The Blues sit sixth in the Premier League, while Everton remain 11th after the landmark win for Marco Silva

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Here at last was a glimpse of what Everton could be under Marco Silva. Smart aggressive, energetic and inventive; not to mention clinical. They only managed it for half an hour but against this inconsistent and maddening Chelsea team it was enough.

So this was a big win for Silva, maybe his biggest of his up and down first season at Everton. He was brought to lift people from their seats like this. There has not been nearly enough of it over the course of the year but here his team recovered from a flat first half to overrun Chelsea.

Really poor for 45 minutes, Everton improved beyond recognition and scored twice – through Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson – in the space of 25 minutes to remind us just what an atmospheric place Goodison Park can be when the home team’s blood is up.

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For Chelsea and their coach Maurizio Sarri, it was all greatly disappointing and a little familiar.

Chelsea have recovered a little since they were dismantled by both Manchester clubs in February. Indeed, in the first half they were the better team by a distance, completely controlling the game.

But once Everton emerged for the second period seemingly determined to show themselves in a better light, Chelsea could not cope and this is does not say terribly much for their depths of reserve. Some of Chelsea’s performances this season have caused people to ask just how much they care for their Italian coach. This was not one of those days but, still, their reaction to falling behind was not good enough.

This was an opportunity to move level on points with Arsenal in fourth place and that they ultimately failed by such a distance suggests this is a group of players missing something very important as the tussle for the Champions League places intensifies.

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