Resilient Everton hold off Chelsea

Everton suffered but ultimately managed to escape Stamford bridge with one point. The Toffees will feel cheated by the referee. The game was very physical and both teams played aggressively but in the 28th minute Jorginho crossed the line, harrying Sirgurdsson, arguably fouling him twice in the same action and then ending it with a reckless two-footed tackle which should have been sanctioned with a red card. This could have been a turning point in favor of Everton FC but it was not to be. VAR cannot come soon enough to the Premier League.

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Chelsea dominated proceedings as expected but Everton held on and tried to counter with the pace of Richarlison and eventually Ademola Lookman, who beautifully slalomed in the Chelsea defence at the end of the game only to be stopped by Kepa. Sarri’s short pass system has well been implemented at Stamford Bridge and that caused Everton a lot of trouble. The Toffees struggled to retrieve the ball during large swaths of the game. Marcos Alonso, Morata and Hazard all came close for Chelsea but England goalkeeper Pickford was in fantastic form.

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Eden Hazard was brilliant as usual but was surrounded and fouled too often during the game. Everton tried to contain him and they sometimes purposefully made the crude foul to stop the Belgian star. Before the game, Hazard mentioned of the “wear and tear” he was experiencing, with opponents taking him down too often and this was reflected in today’s game.

I’m 27 now and starting to get older, so I have to take more care of my body. I am feeling the wear and tear. I have been playing football as a professional for more than 10 years now. It is part of the game, I guess. I am not happy but it’s part of football. The referee tries to do his job and I try to do mine. I guess when I am on the floor I can win free-kicks, so every free-kick with Chelsea is a chance to score more goals. – Eden Hazard

This result is two crucial points lost at home for Chelsea, especially considering title contenders Liverpool won their game earlier today against Fulham. However, we are still early in the season and Sarri’s men can still win the title.

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