Chelsea cruised past Everton with goals from Cesc Fabregas and new signing Alvaro Morata. Everton looked bereft of ideas and legs as Chelsea comfortably eased to a victory.
With both clubs having mixed fortunes at the start of this season this game helped to reveal a great deal about what we can come to expect from these clubs as the season goes on…..
4. The Burnley Game Was Only a Blip for Chelsea
After Chelsea’s loss to Burnley on the opening day of the season questions were raised about summer activity in the transfer market. Conte’s future was also cast into doubt with Inter Milan seemingly keen to acquire his services.
However, in the last two weeks Chelsea have put that right. Wins against two good sides in Tottenham and now Everton mean that Chelsea have won 8 out of their last 9 Premier League games.
They now look in contention to retain their title and have shown the Burnley result was only a blip.
3. Everton Need Another Striker
Sandro had a poor afternoon against Chelsea by his high standards he has set himself. His desire to come towards the ball allowed Chelsea to condense the game and made it particularly difficult for Everton to get out from the back.
With the Spaniard still trying to find his Premier League feet, Everton may need an additional striker to help him settle in.
Calvert-Lewin has started well, but is very young and Rooney prefers the number 10 position. With rumours of a move for Vardy, his transfer would be a very welcome addition.
2. Europa League Could Hamper Everton’s Top Six Hopes
Everton can be forgiven slightly for their legless performance with two games during midweek against Man City and Ružomberok.
With an impressive display in both games and a lot of energy exerted it clearly took its toll in the game against Chelsea.
The Merseyside side club will have to find a way to balance the Europa League with the Premier League if they want to get in those all illustrious top six places.
1. Fabregas is Key for Chelsea
The Spanish midfielder was virtually unplayable in the game with no-one able to get anywhere near him.
Every attack seemed to start and, as the first goal proved, finish with him. With Morata’s movement in behind and Fabregas’ ability to pick a pass from the quarterback role it could be an exciting year for their partnership.