Everton – Chelsea: Silva’s Tactics Finally Click as Chelsea’s Inconsistent Premier League Form Continues (2-0)
After three years, Everton finally recorded a Premier League victory over Chelsea. The visitors continued their inconsistent form and incurred another dent in their Champions League hopes. After the visitor’s dominance in the first half, Everton forced themselves back into the game, kept compact, well organised and created much better chances to take the victory at Goodison Park.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Both managers started their teams in their usual formations, which you could argue have not fully worked for either of them this season. Marco Silva started Everton in their 4-2-3-1 formation, making just two changes from last week’s 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United. Séamus Coleman returned to right back, replacing Jonjoe Kenny, whilst Yerry Mina started at center-back over the suspended Kurt Zouma.
Maurizio Sarri once again started Chelsea in a 4-3-3 formation, making seven changes from Thursday night’s 5-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League. Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz where in for Davide Zappacosta and Andreas Christensen at the back. Jorginho and former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley returned to the starting lineup, replacing Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovačić. Sarri completely changed his front three as Willian, Olivier Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi were replaced by Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuaín and Pedro.
Match prediction, standings and implication going into the weekend.
Movement from Pedro and Eden Hazard creates chances
Sarri’s team started with total dominance and looked more than comfortable in possession. As usual, Everton transitioned into a low-block A low block refers to a team that retreats . . .