What went wrong for Chelsea against Everton?
Saturday saw Chelsea fall to another disappointing defeat in the Premier League. They have now managed just three points from a possible 12 in their last four matches. But what went wrong for Chelsea against Everton?
It always seems harsh to criticize a manager too much on his selection, especially when its an unchanged one following a win last time out.
That is what Lampard opted for, but it did not work out. Chelsea missed Jorginho’s dictating and direction in the midfield and seemed to lack something going forward. The Blues managed just four shots on target.
Additionally, the defense seemed unorganized from left to right and Azpilicueta put in a poor performance in the left-back spot, with traditional left-sided defenders Emerson and Marcus Alonso missing out.
The Blues have now conceded 24 goals this season in just 16 games. That is the most of any team inside the top 10, and it was clear to see why on Saturday.
The center-back pairing of Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen looked shakey throughout, and could not handle the physical presence and movement of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Neither picked up the Brazilian for the first goal, and both made individual errors in the lead up to the second. With Rudiger returning from injury in the coming weeks, don’t be surprised if the German comes straight into the side.
The Spanish goalkeeper is becoming more and more difficult to defend. Although he was not at fault for either of the first or second goals, the third came from a big mistake.
Kepa misplaced a simple pass to Zouma late in the game, which Walcott ran on to. The ball eventually fell to Calvert-Lewin who poked it between the 25-year-olds legs before he could react. This goal put the game beyond Chelsea and handed Everton the three points.
Consistency is a key part of any world-class goalkeeper, and Kepa has struggled to show it in recent weeks.