At the helm of a brave side at Everton, Frank Lampard had done everything to try to oust Chelsea, his opponent today and his club forever. On this first day of the Premier League, the former Blues captain appeared at Goodison Park on Saturday with a variable attack, as he deprived Dominic Calvert-Lewin, injured in pre-season, and Richarlison, from leaving Spurs in the summer influx. . So the Toffees manager had to decide to deploy a particularly defensive eleven, and a game plan based on the counterattack. Everton only bent on a foul from Abdoulaye Doukuri, guilty of fouling Ben Chilwell before the break, allowed Chelsea to score a penalty through their practice expert, Jorginho. Final score: 1-0 for the visitors.
Thomas Tuchel’s players arrived as candidates at the Toffees’ Lair, and had difficulty developing their game, Kai Havertz in particular showing himself with great difficulty at the front of the Blues attack. But a big plus point for German tactics: Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegalese defender, who arrived this summer on the banks of the Thames from Napoli, simply dominated the match, with his physical presence as much as his intelligence in play and recruitment. With their new rock in defence, Chelsea looked insurmountable, completing a back base already made up of Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Edward Mendy: just that.
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Significantly affected by the absence of some executives (Andros Townsend, Séamus Coleman, DLC, André Gomes, etc.), Everton lost two new players during this meeting. First, England defender Ben Godfrey was fired on a stretcher after a quarter of an hour in play, spending long minutes on the floor. Guilty of making a poorly controlled pass, he made up for his mistake, seriously injuring himself during his intervention. After 70 minutes of play, it was the Colombian tower that saw Mina who, in turn, had to leave his side, collapsing alone on the ground while keeping his left foot.
Frank Lampard will have to deal with a reduced workforce against great rival Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, during the second day of the tournament on August 13. As for Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel will have to commit to resolving the issue of turning over, as the Blues’ attack looked harmless on Saturday. For this against rivals Tottenham on August 14, he can count on today’s attacking arrivals, particularly notable ones including Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Without forgetting the last arrival from the London club, the Spanish team Marc Cucurella, who entered in the 75th minute, whose offensive contribution was easily noticed at Goodison Park.
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