Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly every 6/10 in win over Everton
Chelsea acquired off to a optimistic begin regardless of a sluggish efficiency within the Premier League opener as they secured a 1-0 victory towards Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday night.
A quiet first half noticed the house aspect get pleasure from the very best share of the probabilities, nevertheless it was Thomas Tuchel’s aspect who took the lead after Abdoulaye Doucoure fouled Ben Chilwell contained in the field for Jorginho to attain Chelsea’s first purpose of the season. The Toffees reacted effectively after the break as Demarai Gray discovered house contained in the field earlier than testing Edouard Mendy, and it was the house aspect who got here shut once more to discovering the equaliser however for some determined defending.
Chelsea continued to battle to create significant possibilities regardless of some substitutions that noticed Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek launched, with a cautious method preferring to withstand strain from the house aspect who misplaced persistence as the sport went on. 10 minutes of added time following a medical emergency within the stands compelled Chelsea to stay resolute deep into harm time, they usually had been in a position to maintain on for 3 important, hard-fought factors.
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Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy had been the standout stars for Chelsea on the day, with their contribution important in serving to earn a cleansheet.
Chelsea’s attacking play was predictable and poor too usually which noticed them battle to create possibilities from open play. Thomas Tuchel should additionally discover a means to assist assist Raheem Sterling who was crowded out by the opposition.
MANAGER RATING (out of 10), 4 — A win for Chelsea is all that issues however Thomas Tuchel has loads to work on after his aspect’s efficiency at the moment. The Blues might have simply been punished with their type of play not doing sufficient to assist the assault, and that’s one thing that should be improved within the subsequent recreation.
PLAYERS RATINGS (1-10; 10 = finest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Edouard Mendy, 7 — A powerful hand within the first half denied James Tarkowski from opening the scoring, and the Senegal worldwide then palmed away Demarai Grey’s effort simply moments into the second half.
DF Kalidou Koulibaly, 6 — The previous Napoli centre-back seemed optimistic at coping with some defensive conditions, notably balls within the air, however an general combined Premier League debut for Everton might have been higher with extra care taken over a few of his passes into midfield.
DF Thiago Silva, 8 — A significant interception stopped a go from Demarai Grey that will have created the very best probability of the primary half that epitomises the 37-year-old’s defensive show on the day. Thiago Silva’s studying of the sport set the usual for his group.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 6 — Azpilicueta stored issues easy and did not look to make many errors, although he might have been nearer to Thiago Silva in some moments when Everton had been breaking shortly down the flank.
MF Ben Chilwell, 6 — The 25-year-old made essentially the most of contact within the field from Abdoulaye Doucoure to win a penalty simply earlier than the break to earn most dividends from an instinctive run into the field.
MF Jorginho, 6 — A cool penalty noticed Jorginho ship Jordan Pickford the fallacious means from the spot handy Chelsea the lead. He had loads of the ball throughout the 90 minutes however did not look to make sufficient interventions on the defensive aspect of his recreation.
MF N’Golo Kante, 7 — The France worldwide broke up the play on a variety of events, with N’golo Kante fast to cease the hazard, whereas he stored issues easy when transitioning the play forwards.
MF Reece James, 5 — James frequently seemed to stretch the play down the right-flank, however Everton seemed to counter his affect effectively by making certain he was closed down. The 22-year-old picked up a unnecessary yellow card for time-wasting earlier than the hour mark.
FW Raheem Sterling, 6 — The England worldwide loved some promising moments during which he seemed Chelsea’s brightest participant going ahead, however he was usually left remoted and surrounded by Everton shirts.
FW Kai Havertz, 5 — An nameless show from the Germany man who struggled to make any significant affect on the sport.
FW Mason Mount, 5 — Mount struck a shot effectively early within the recreation to check Jordan Pickford in an in any other case quiet recreation for him. Astute motion helped carve a path for Chilwell to run via within the construct as much as Chelsea being awarded a penalty.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chilwell, 65″), 6 — A robust run compelled a foul from Vitaliy Mykolenko to offer Chelsea a free-kick in a harmful space.
Christian Pulisic (Mount, 65″), 5 — The USMNT star got here on for Mount simply after the hourmark, however Pulisic did not get the service he required to make an affect. Marc Cucurella (Koulibaly, 75″) N/R – Cucurella nearly registered a debut help together with his effectively picked-out go for Raheem Sterling, however the shot blocked by Mykolenko.
Armando Broja (Havertz, 75″), N/R — Substituted in for Havertz for the ultimate quarter-hour.
Conor Gallagher (Jorginho, 90+8″), N/R — A Chelsea debut noticed Gallagher launched for the ultimate two minutes of the sport.