It was hailed as the match between the defensive great and his heir apparent and by the time the final whistle blew there was a feeling among some that there had been a very public changing of the guard.
Chelsea captain John Terry has not had the best of starts to the new campaign, with the Blues’ back-line being breached time and time again, while Everton centre-back John Stones has been hailed as the man to one day replace him for both club and country.
The Toffees held firm despite a summer transfer request from Stones, and on this evidence the youngster should stay exactly where he is for the long term.
Everton ran out 3-1 winners with Steven Naismith scoring a hat-trick after coming off the bench, rendering Nemanja Matic’s wonder-strike a mere consolation, but how did the Chelsea skipper compare with the Toffees defender?
|Passing Accuracy||Outfield Blocks||Tackles Won||Effective Clearances||Effective Headed Clearances||Duels Won||Aerials Won||Interceptions Won||Mins Played|
As you can see above there was not a huge amount in it, but that matter not when the score-line was so emphatically in Everton’s favour.
The Chelsea star had a considerably better passing accuracy but the Everton player came out on top in terms of tackles, duels and interceptions won.
Stones also made more outfield blocks than Terry and matched him when it came to effective clearances both with his head and his feet.
Despite being only 21, on this evidence Stones could already be ahead of Terry…and that gap is only likely to get wider for as long as the latter continues to play the game.