Second half goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson condemned Chelsea to a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park and this result has put a dent to Chelsea’s top four hopes after another poor result.
Chelsea were only able to get a 1-1 draw in last weekend’s game against Wolves, with Wolves leading the game but for a last gasp finish from Eden Hazard in stoppage time to secure a point for the Blues.
A win today against the Toffees would have taken Chelsea to fifth position and same level of points with Arsenal, only behind the Gunners on goal difference. But Chelsea failed to take advantage of the opportunity and lost to Everton away from home as Maurizio Sarri’s side has now lost four of their last five games.
On Chelsea’s top four hopes, Sarri revealed that the team would have to play like the way they played in the first half if they must make top four, as he slammed the team’s second-half performance.
Sarri said: “If you are speaking about the second half you are right, the first half we can do anything.
“If we play eight matches like the first half then we can do everything. I am worried about the mentality but we played the best 45 minutes of the season without conceding a shot. If we play the second half then we are in trouble. Today was important for us, so now we have less opportunities. We have to fight.
“It is not impossible. Why impossible? It is not impossible in eight matches. It is if we cannot improve and avoid a second half like today. We need to play like the first half for eight matches.”
Sarri stressed on Chelsea’s lack of consistency and slammed the Blues second-half performance, insisting that the team must play the way they played in the first-half against Everton.
“At the moment this is our limit,” he said, “because if we are able to play like in the first half with consistency then we are in another position in the league table, but we have this problem.
“It is a big limit for us, because we lost a similar match away at Wolverhampton and today in the same way.”
Chelsea have eight games left of the Premier League season to secure passage into the top four before the season runs out, and Sarri’s side must also take the Europa League seriously or else Chelsea might go a second season without Champions League football.