Chelsea won their first game at Goodison Park in 2017 as they produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Jorginho scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time. The goal came after eight minutes of stoppage time which was added due to an injury to Godfrey who required oxygen and was taken to hospital.
Everton: Pickford (6), Tarkowski (7), Mina (6), Godfrey (6), Patterson (6), Doucoure (6), Iwobi (6), Mykolenko (7), McNeil (6), Gordon (7), Gray (6).
Subs: Holgate (6), Alli (5), Vinagre (6).
Chelsea: Mendy (7), Silva (7), Azpilicueta (7), Koulibaly (7), James (6), Kante (8) Jorginho (7), Chilwell (6), Mount (6), Havertz (5), Sterling (7).
Subs: Pulisic (5), Loftus-Cheek (6), Cucurella (7), Broja (6), Gallagher (n/a).
Man of the match: N’Golo Kante.
Everton manager Frank Lampard: “I’m frustrated maybe, but not in terms of our performance. I thought we were really good. Defensively, we gave the lads a solid game plan because Chelsea will want to pick you apart and play through you and we never allowed them to, other than one tiny moment of concentration. They sometimes can drag you out of the 18-yard box and it was a tiny mistake from us and it decided the game. In general play, they may have had more possession, but we had better chances. Our lads gave everything and it’s pure frustration because of the result.”
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel: “We struggled in previous seasons to get points here. We have the points. A win is a win. That’s the most important thing. But also get better, we have to get better. I could assume that we are not at our highest level. We have players in but they came in late. Pre-season was a bit turbulent. The last week in training was very promising. Some situations in the first half were quite good.”
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