It was Chelsea’s ability to keep going until the game’s conclusion that proved the difference on Saturday, according to Samuel Eto’o. John Terry struck deep into injury time and secured three precious points after an afternoon during which we looked like we would have to settle for one.
Eto’o found space in and around the Everton box hard to come by, though it was he that perhaps came closest to opening the scoring in the first half when he fired a shot at Tim Howard, while after the break it was the striker’s header that fell to Branislav Ivanovic to thud a half-volley at the Everton keeper. There were no better chances than that until the skipper’s late intervention, and Eto’o paid tribute to our visitors from Merseyside after an even encounter.
‘It was an extremely difficult game because we faced, I believe, the best a team has played at Stamford Bridge this season,’ said the Cameroonian.
‘We won the match but it was very complicated because Everton have lots of very good players and they play nice football. We trained practically every day last week in preparation for this match because we knew how difficult it would be.
‘In the end we scored at a very important moment and it showed we always fight to the end of the match to change the result in our favour. You have to believe that from the first second to the last second of the game something can happen, and we scored in the third minute of additional time which allowed us to get the win. That’s football. The most important thing was to win and we did that.’
With Manchester City and Arsenal also emerging victorious on Saturday, and Liverpool on Sunday, it remains incredibly tight at the top of the Premier League table, but Eto’o is not allowing that to distract from the next job in hand, our game with Galatasaray on Wednesday.
‘We have never thought that we can’t win the title, but Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea to do big things for the long run which he is trying to do. We players believe that it is possible but at the same time it is not our mission. Right now we are not thinking about other teams or the end of the season, we are just focused on our next game and that is Galatasaray.’