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A mid-table team? Chelsea lose 0-2 to ’10 points off the pace’ Everton…stay 10th+5G just 1 win!

December 11, 2023 | by bookmeforphotographers.com

Mid-table is now a familiar place for them. With just one win in five games, including today’s loss to Everton, Chelsea is no better than 10th place.

Chelsea suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Everton in the 16th round of the 2023-24 Premier League (PL) at Goodison Park in Merseyside, England, on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET. With just one win in their last five games, including the loss to Everton, Chelsea remain in 10th place with 19 points. The gap at the top of the table is widening.

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Everton (4-4-1-1): Jordan Pickford (GK) – Vitaliy Mikolenko, Jerrod Branson, James Tarkowski, Ashley Young – Dwight McNair, Idrissa Gueye, James Garner, Jack Harrison – Abdoulaye Doucoure – Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Roberto Sanchez (GK)-Mark Cucurella, Benoit Badiazzi, Axel Disassi, Reece James-Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez-Mihailo Mudrique, Conor Gallagher, Cole Palmer-Armando Broja

[HALFTIME] James injured again, Chelsea frustrated…0-0 at the break

From the start, Mudrikh rattled the Everton defense with his crisp dribbling. In the third minute, Enzo had a chance after a Mourinho breakaway, but his shot was blocked by Pickford. In the fifth minute, Mourinho dribbled again, but his shot was blocked.

Everton increased the intensity of their forward pressure to disrupt Chelsea’s buildup. Chelsea pressed forward as well, and the game became fiercely contested.

Everton had a great chance. In the 24th minute, Harrison had a fantastic left-footed shot that went wide of the goal. In the 27th minute, James was suddenly injured and Levi Colwill came on. Colwill moved to left-back and Cucurella moved to the right, where James had been playing.

The game was delayed when Branswaite went down on his back after some heavy pressure in a tense situation. In the 41st minute, Palmer’s left-footed shot went wide.

Young also went off with an injury. Nathan Paterson was introduced in the 41st minute. Everton continued to send crosses into the penalty box in the closing stages of the first half, but couldn’t find a finish. The first half ended 0-0.

At the start of the second half, Everton brought on Amadou Onana for Gueye. Chelsea had a lot of possession but couldn’t create any meaningful offense.

Everton scored the first goal. In the ninth minute of the second half, McNeil broke through and sent a pass into the center. Calvert-Lewin’s shot was saved by Sanchez, but Onana slotted home to give Everton the lead.

A spurred Chelsea attacked more aggressively and Palmer’s free-kick in the 14th minute was headed straight at Pickford. In the 20th minute, Enzo’s shot was blocked and Palmer’s subsequent effort went wide.

Chelsea brought on Broja and Enzo in the 21st minute and introduced Nicola Jackson and Raheem Sterling. Everton made changes up front, bringing on Calvert-Lewin and adding Beto.

The onslaught continued. In the 23rd minute, Jackson had a chance to score but missed. Chelsea continued to push the ball up the pitch, but their finishing was lacking. In the 32nd minute, Kukurela had a shot on goal that went wide.

Chelsea changed goalkeepers. In the 38th minute, Giorje Petrovic came on for Sanchez, who had some fitness concerns. Ian Mattesen also came on to add some mobility. Everton extended their lead in the first minute of second-half stoppage time through Lewis Dobbin.

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