Premier League: Everton vs Chelsea 1/5/22 – Full Match Report

Another defensive error costs Chelsea as Frank Lampard and Everton pick up three priceless points.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


Pre-game:

On January 25th 2021, Frank Lampard was sacked as Chelsea manager with Thomas Tuchel becoming his replacement just days later. On May 1st 2022, the two managers met for the first time – with Lampard’s Everton team in desperate need of maximum points to steer clear of relegation.


With Burnley picking up three points on Saturday, the hosts entered the game five points off safety – albeit with two games in hand. Chelsea have been in relatively poor form recently, which looked to suit the Toffees at Goodison Park.


After Thursday’s draw at Old Trafford, Thomas Tuchel made a single change to his starting eleven – which saw Ruben Loftus-Cheek replace N’Golo Kanté.

Frank Lampard also made changes to the side that lost at Anfield last week, with Yerry Mina and Fabian Delph returning to the line-up.


The two sides met earlier on in the season, which finished 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.


First Half:

Boosted by the buzzing home atmosphere, Everton started the game brightly. The Toffees had a free-kick from a dangerous position in the opening minute, but Anthony Gordon wasn’t able to test Édouard Mendy.


The Blues responded by having their best chance of the first half, which saw Mason Mount skim the roof of the net with a curling effort. There were later chances at either end as Demarai Gray brought Mendy into action on the 15th minute. The hosts were then required to make some crucial blocks of their own inside their penalty area as they continued to play off the back of the crowd.


The story of the first half was the mini-brawl that emerged just after the half hour mark. There were sparks on and off the pitch at Goodison, with Everton looking to power through their biggest game of the season thus far.


Overall, the visitors couldn’t break their opposition down in the first half, which saw the two teams head into the half-time break with nothing separating them.

Second Half:

Straight out the blocks, Frank Lampard’s Everton made the most of yet another Chelsea error to fire themselves ahead. Richarlison steamed in on César Azpilicueta to dispossess the Blues skipper, before coolly slotting the ball past Mendy to the delight of the home supporters.

Just minutes later, Vitaliy Mykolenko had a golden opportunity to find a second, with the defender fluffing his lines from close range.


Just before the hour mark Chelsea came close to responding as Mason Mount’s strike hit both posts. César Azpilicueta looked to convert the rebound, but was denied by a spirited Jordan Pickford.

The goalkeeper then went on to make a save from the resulting corner with his face. Pickford was in inspired form, and it didn’t look like there was anything that could beat him.


There were later chances in the game for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovačić, however, the best fell for Demarai Gray. The Everton attacker had a chance to kill the game, but failed to hit the target.


From here Everton managed to grind their way through the rest of the game and the seven minutes of added time. The match marked a huge victory for Frank Lampard and Everton, who now have their Premier League destiny in the palm of their hands.

After the Whistle:

For a variety of reasons, Everton’s win over Chelsea would’ve meant a huge deal to Frank Lampard, who collected a priceless victory against his former team.


Defeat for Everton would have put them in an incredibly difficult position to stay alive in the Premier League. However, having picked up three points, the Toffees now have a realistic chance of fighting relegation and sending either Burnley or Leeds down as a result.


For Thomas Tuchel’s side it was another lethargic performance which was underpinned by a lack of creativity. Understandably fatigued, it almost seems as if Chelsea are looking forward to the season ending and recharging their batteries over the summer.


Before then, Chelsea will of course have to finish off the season. Next up for the Blues is a match against an out of form Wolves side next weekend.


Everton on the other hand will continue their relegation battle as they travel to the King Power next Sunday.


Final Score:

Everton 1-0 Chelsea.

- Richarlison (46’).


BBC Sports Player of the Match:

Richarlison (Everton).


Line-ups:

Everton (5-4-1): Pickford; Iwobi, Coleman, Mina, Holgate, Mykolenko; Gordon, Doucouré, Delph (71’), Gray (90+4’); Richarlison (80’).

- Subs: Allan (71’), Rondón (80’), Alli (90+4’).


Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Mendy; Azpilicueta © (68’), Silva, Rüdiger; James, Jorginho (45’), Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Mount; Havertz, Werner (68’).

- Subs: Kovačić (45’), Pulisic (68’), Ziyech (68’).


Referee:

Kevin Friend.


Attendance:

39,256.


Possession:

Everton (22%) vs Chelsea (78%).


Shots:

Everton (9) vs Chelsea (17).


Shots on Target:

Everton (4) vs Chelsea (5).


Corners:

Everton (3) vs Chelsea (8).


Fouls:

Everton (9) vs Chelsea (12).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match Highlights:

- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).

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