The game against Everton was supposed to be a banana peel for Chelsea; the Toffees had won eight successive home league games and had only lost once at home this season.
Everton’s scary stat was preached loudly before the game, but Chelsea weren’t cut out for all those pre-match analysis and put out a spirited second-half display to beat Everton 3-0 at the much talked about Goodison Park.
The players and coaching staff went into big celebrations after the game, and Pat Nevin couldn’t help but emphasise the importance of the win.
He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “The celebrations at the end of the match at Goodison Park said it all. Antonio and the team weren’t celebrating winning the league but without doubt they fully understood the significance of those three points won in very difficult circumstances.”
He added: “Those celebrations were as much to do with what has been a phenomenal week of football for the club, as that one game on Merseyside. The semi-final sting against Spurs, a spirited Southampton seen off at Stamford Bridge and a dogged Everton now whimpering after an 0-8 aggregate score in the league this season. Chelsea have scored 11 goals in the past eight days, so any whispers of a slump have been well and truly crushed for the moment. The most crushing thing for the opponents is that they haven’t found an answer to Chelsea and specifically Antonio’s tactical acumen.”