It finished scoreless at Goodison Park between Everton and Chelsea.
Here are 3 talking points from the game:
CHELSEA FAIL TO STAMP TOP-FOUR AUTHORITY:
We are already into the second half of the season and all talks of a title defence is all but over. The obvious reality for Conte and Chelsea is qualification for Champions League football. The perfect opportunity to extend the gap between we and the chasing pack presented itself this weekend. Liverpool and Arsenal’s 3-3 draw meant two of our three rivals for the top-four dropped points and the onus was on us to take advantage. A win would have put us six points to the good, and a draw against a resurgent Everton side is not a bad result, but one that repels our speed towards the finishing line.
VERDICT: Missed opportunity to widen the gap against the chasing pack.
CHELSEA MUST WORK-OUT AN INITIATIVE TO BREAK DOWN STUBBORN DEFENCES:
Just like against West Ham United few weeks ago, Chelsea failed painfully to breakdown a well-drilled and marshalled Everton defence. The chances created were far and between and not enough to trouble Everton goalie, Jordan Pickford. The truth is that we can’t afford to slipup in games like these. We’ve entered the business end of the season when many teams will be looking to take points off us whichever way they can as a way to consolidate their league positions. It’s up to Conte and his coaching staff to come up with a magic formula for sustained success. Against Everton, Chelsea stooped, but failed to conquer.
TIME TO REFRESHEN THINGS UP:
Chelsea obviously need to add attacking impetus and the much-needed to our squad and play respectively. The absence of a good backup striker to give us a plan B was painfully biting as Everton contained us. The spark of new quality signings to beef up the squad would do a lot of good for our prospects this season.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!