Rafa Benitez’ side became the first away team to win at Goodison in the league this season, but spent large parts of the game on the back foot. What are the main points for Chelsea to take from the match?
Sign him up?
According to reports, Frank Lampard is on the verge of leaving Chelsea as his contract expires in the summer and he and the club have not been able to agree a new deal. Lampard is 34, and on a huge salary that the club clearly do not want to commit to for another long deal, especially with the injury problems the midfielder has demonstrated this season, but he can still deliver the goods on the pitch. His brace at Everton showed his predatory instincts in the box are still intact, and Chelsea have a real conundrum over whether they gamble on Lampard being able to produce those returns for the length of a new deal.
Luiz has impressed in his previous outings in midfield, but looked out of his depth against Everton on Sunday. Against savvy players like Steven Pienaar Luiz was constantly overcommitting and either being beaten or giving away a foul. Clearly he can’t be expected to be a natural in a midfield role overnight, but he needs to show greater discipline if he is to be a real option for Benitez in the centre of the side.
Fernando Torres & the attack
Benitez pushed Ramires into the front four for the match at Goodison, and can be reasonably happy with his decision as the Brazilian produced a fantastic cross to set up the equaliser. Fernando Torres might feel he should have scored given the chances he had, but most teams struggle against Everton’s defence, and all of Chelsea’s front four can be pleased with their efforts as they created plenty of clear chances.
After the win Chelsea sit 3rd in the Premier League, 4 points behind Manchester City and with a game in hand on the defending champions. Four league wins on the trot, including the ridiculous 8-0 thrashing of Aston Villa has put a very different complexion on his start at the Blues and the organised away wins over Everton and Norwich are testament to his tactical nous. Chelsea have an excellent manager at the helm.
Chelsea are in fine form, and there is an expectation that they will spend lavishly to improve the side further in January. They don’t need many new players, and if they pick up a striker and perhaps a defensive midfielder then they will be well set to mount a title challenge in the second half of the season.