Speaking on BT Sport’s coverage of Everton against Chelsea, broadcast from 12pm on Saturday, September 12, Harry Redknapp and Paul Scholes were full of praise for Roberto Martinez’s side following their victory.
The Toffees ran out 3-1 winners over the reigning Premier League champions at Goodison Park, with a perfect hat-trick from forward Steven Naismith seeing them to all three points.
It was an impressive performance from Martinez’s side to secure their first home win of the season, and Redknapp said that they were by far and away the best team on the afternoon.
“The best team won by miles, Everton were different class today,” he told BT Sport.
“They had a little spell when Chelsea got a goal back and the momentum changed for a while but overall Everton were far and away the best team.
"The way they played today, you wouldn’t to come here and play here. They were on the front foot from first whistle to last.”
"The two midfielders were brilliant"
While Naismith will be the man who gets the plaudits considering he grabbed the goals, the first player ever to do so against a Jose Mourinho side in the Premier League, Scholes was keen to highlight the work done by Everton’s midfield in the display.
Gareth Barry and James McCarthy worked tirelessly throughout the game to nullify Chelsea’s more attacking threats, with Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard in particular both limited to spectator roles throughout.
Scholes was keen to praise them for their efforts, saying that Everton would have beaten any team they were facing.
“I think the most impressive thing about Everton, not just their quality of play, but the way they got to the ball,” added Scholes.
“The two midfield players were brilliant, they got to the ball, tackled and then showed their quality once they won the ball back.
"I thought they were sensational. You can go on about Chelsea all you want but I think Everton would beat any team here today.”