Chelsea started brightly, with sharp passing, plenty of movement, and some lovely combinations in all areas of the pitch. And were it not for a tremendous save from Jordan Pickford, Mount would’ve opened the scoring inside of ten minutes.
As it was, he had to wait the until the 14th, when not even Pickford had a chance on an excellent turn and shot from the top of the area. Pedro then quickly doubled Chelsea’s lead inside of the first 20 minutes, after more great passing and an excellent through ball from Barkley.
Everton eventually grew into the game, though more thanks to some sloppy sequences from Chelsea than any of their own improvement. The in-form Calvert-Lewin missed a great chance to cut the deficit in half after a Zouma error, but his dink over Kepa rolled wide of the far post.
Some of Chelsea’s players visibly tired as the first-half wore on, which gave Everton a bit of a foothold in the game, but we managed to reach half-time with the score still 2-0.
Ancelotti would’ve been looking for a good response from his team, but it were Chelsea who quickly put the game to bed, with two goals in two minutes within ten minutes of the restart. Willian picked out the bottom corner with a powerful strike, then Giroud poked home from a corner.
With the match firmly in hand, the two teams saw out the remaining minutes without too many major incidents. Chelsea finished the game with three 18-year-olds on the pitch, Anjorin and Broja both making their Premier League debuts.
- Chelsea back to the 4-3-3, just as on Tuesday, with just one change: Mount in for the injured Kovačić.
- As expected, Gilmour anchored the midfield; Barkley and Mount the advanced pair; the veteran trio of Willian-Giroud-Pedro up front. Alonso-Zouma-Rüdi-Azpi the back four, left-to-right; Kepa retaining his position in goal.
- Reece James, on at the hour-mark, plays defensive midfielder for the first time for the senior team after replacing Mount, who had picked up a knock to his ankle. James had played the position last season at Wigan, too. Gilmour pushes up into a more attacking role.
- Tino Anjorin makes his second senior appearance, replacing Willian in the 70th.
- Armando Broja makes his first senior appearance, replacing Giroud in the 85th.
- Chelsea now with 7 wins at home, and 7 away in the league!
- Back-to-back clean sheets!
- Chelsea solidify our fourth place a bit, and close to within two points of third place Leicester City, who play on Monday.
- Next up: Aston Villa away, next Saturday