Chelsea is getting better with each outing. Thomas Tuchel transformed their mentality with and without the ball and his last tactical tweak in attack worked perfectly. The introduction of Kai Haverz as a false nine was a masterpiece. Havertz had his best game in a blue shirt and scored in both goals as Chelsea sailed for a team victory in the race to finish in the top four, easily rejecting Everton’s passive side.
Although one point divided the countries at the start, the gap in the class was huge. The satisfaction for Tuhel, who will still be defeated in his first 1
It was a great display from Haverz, who has been struggling since his move from Bayer Leverkusen last year to £ 62 million, and another sign of Tuchel’s intelligence as a coach. This is a manager working at a high level. Tuhel has reported victories in recent weeks, beating Liverpool and Atletico Madrid before this strong victory over Everton, while the difference in Chelsea’s defense since the departure of Frank Lampard in January is remarkable. They only backed down twice after shooting Lampard, and their commitment to the clean sheet was underscored by several challenging challenges from Reese James as Everton pushed hard during the final stages, much for home bench approval.
Chelsea, who look increasingly sinister in fourth place, controlled the game. Jorgeninho and Mateo Kovacic set the tone in the middle of the midfield, winning the ball and using it wisely, and Everton were soon repulsed. With the absence of James Rodriguez and Abdullai Dukure, the guests lacked ambition, and Carlo Ancelotti’s focus on restraint left Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richardson to eat leftovers from the front.
Faced with a low block, this was originally a typical Chelsea performance: a lot of possession and a small cut. In the last third there were too many hasty decisions and it seemed that the hosts had no one to link their attacks with Mason Mount, who will be eliminated when Atletico visit Stamford Bridge in the last 16 of the Champions League next week, given the rare break . Everton looked more and more comfortable as the first half passed.
However, there was a feeling that Chelsea would eventually call for a moment of clarity. Tuhel had experimented again, using Havertz in the middle instead of Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham, and the German striker was sharp on his first start on January 27. Returning from an injury, Haverz had the freedom to walk and found it difficult to stop when he turned to run.
Naturally, Tuhel risked inviting criticism by moving Timo Werner to the right and choosing to play without a traditional striker. Still, Chelsea trusted the process and they took the lead when they picked up the pace in the 31st minute. It was a beautiful move, starting with Callum Hudson-Odoy, who found Marcos Alonso with a great pass to the left. Finally, the winger finally had a place and his inviting cut reached Havertz, who measured his run well and saw his side kick kick Ben Benfrey away for an own goal.
The breakthrough freed Chelsea, who was denied a second when Jordan Pickford pushed Alonso’s shot wide. The goal was an excuse for Tuhel, who wanted his country to maintain rotational control while they hunted for holes. Chelsea were confident in their technical abilities, played from behind, even when under pressure, and they were also disciplined, offering Everton little room to create.
The model continued in the second half. James fired a shot and Haverz banned a handball volley. Everton, who are still hoping for Champions League qualifiers, have rarely bothered Chelsea. Andreas Christensen was again unperturbed in defense, and Kurt Zuma was strong on the left of the back three. There was no way Everton was extravagant when the chance finally came for Richardson to break through with only Edward Mandy to win.
This was a major omission. Chelsea continued to explore and pull out when Alonso released Havertz, who bypassed Jordan Pickford before being fouled by the Everton goalkeeper. Giorgino stepped up to send Pickford wrong from the spot and the game was over. Although Werner wasted a late chance, everything was very polished and clinical.