Last Chelsea XI to win at Everton included Jose Mourinho’s £21m man
Chelsea will travel to Merseyside to face Frank Lampard’s Everton on the opening day of the 2022/23 Premier League season, five years since the Blues last won away at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have proven to be a troublesome side for the Stamford Bridge outfit to beat on the road in recent years. Chelsea have travelled to the blue side of Stanley Park for five top-flight meetings since Antonio Conte orchestrated a 3-0 win over a Ronald Koeman-led side.
Everton have won each of the last four meetings between the Toffees and Blues and drawn once at Goodison since April 2017. The Merseyside outfit have also held Chelsea to just one goal, having won the last two contests 1-0, following 3-1 and 2-0 wins plus a 0-0 stalemate.
Chelsea to open 22/23 Premier League season at Everton
Thomas Tuchel will now hope to follow Conte’s lead and guide Chelsea to an away win over Everton. The Blues open the campaign at Goodison on August 6, before a London derby at home to Tottenham, trip to Leeds United, visit of Leicester and travelling to Southampton.
Chelsea started last season on the right foot with a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace before winning away at Arsenal. The Blues only failed to secure all three points in four of the club’s opening 14 fixtures. Tuchel also only lost once during that period against Manchester City.
Only three of the Chelsea players who started the Blues’ last win at Everton remain in west London still, meanwhile. So, with that in mind, who was in Conte’s XI that won at Goodison?
Thibaut Courtois (GK): Real Madrid hero started Chelsea’s last win at Everton
Thibaut Courtois started in goal as Conte orchestrated Chelsea’s last win at Everton in April 2017. The Belgian would leave Stamford Bridge one year later to join Real Madrid in a £35m switch, with whom he had one of the best goalkeeper displays in a Champions League final.
Cesar Azpilicueta (CB): One of three still at Chelsea from last win at Everton
Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the three Chelsea players still at Stamford Bridge from the club’s last win at Everton. The Spaniard joined the Blues from Marseille in 2012 for an initial £6.5m and has played 476 games, while also winning Champions League and Premier League titles.
David Luiz (CB): Brazilian now at Flamengo after Arsenal spell
David Luiz has been back in his native Brazil with Flamengo since leaving Arsenal in 2021 as a free agent. The defender moved between London clubs in 2019 after the Gunners paid £8m to bring a close to his second spell at Stamford Bridge that saw him reach 248 appearances.
Gary Cahill (CB): Champions League-winning defender now a free agent
Gary Cahill helped Chelsea to win the Champions League in 2012, plus Premier League titles in 2014/15 and ‘16/17. He made a total of 290 appearances during his time in west London between 2012 and 2019, but is now a free agent after leaving Bournemouth this summer.
Victor Moses (RM): Winger saw Chelsea career end in 2021 after nine years
Victor Moses spent nine years with Chelsea after joining the Blues in 2012 up to sealing his move to Spartak Moscow last year. The 38-cap Nigeria international enjoyed 128 games for 18 goals and 13 assists during his time in west London, as well as two Europa League titles.
N’Golo Kante (CM): Star of last Chelsea win at Everton still at the Bridge
N’Golo Kante was one of the stars of Chelsea’s last win at Everton who is still at the Bridge today. The Frenchman moved to west London ahead of the 2016/17 season for £30m from Leicester, and has gone on to enjoy 260 appearances and won the World Cup with France.
Nemanja Matic (CM): Midfielder has sealed another Mourinho reunion
Jose Mourinho signed Nemanja Matic from Benfica for £21m in 2014 during his second spell in charge at Chelsea. The Serbian would later follow the Portuguese tactician to Manchester United in 2017 for £40m, and has now sealed another reunion after joining Roma until 2023.
Marcos Alonso (LM): One of three still at Chelsea from last win at Everton
Marcos Alonso remains at Stamford Bridge today from Chelsea’s last win at Everton in 2017. But the Spaniard is keen to join Barcelona this summer, per 90min. The Blues are prepared to let the wing-back leave, but Tuchel will have the final say over his future in west London.
Pedro (RAM): Spaniard broke the deadlock in Chelsea’s last win at Everton
Pedro broke the deadlock in the 66th-minute to set up Chelsea’s last win at Everton in April 2017. The Spaniard smashed a 25-yard stunner beyond Maarten Stekelenburg, before Cahill and Willian added to the Blues’ lead on 79 and 86 minutes to go four points clear at the top.
Eden Hazard (LAM): Belgian made way for Willian as late substitute
Eden Hazard made way for Willian in the 85th-minute of Chelsea’s last win away at Everton after creating Cahill’s strike when Stekelenburg fumbled his free-kick. The Belgian stayed in west London a further two years before joining Real Madrid for £89m, rising to over £150m.
Diego Costa (ST): Spaniard spearheaded Conte’s attack at Goodison Park
Diego Costa spearheaded Conte’s attack at Goodison Park in April 2017 and while he did not score, the Spaniard insistently hassled Everton and pressured Stekelenburg. The 33-year-old ended the 2016/17 Premier League term with 20 of his 58 Chelsea goals in 35 of 120 games.