Everton just cannot figure out this 2016-17 Chelsea team. Even in the friendly confines of Goodison Park, the Toffees were drubbed 3-0 at the hands of the league leaders. The difference between the two sides was not quite as large as the scoreline would indicate, but it was clear that Chelsea were the superior team, who look well on their way to winning the Premier League title.
The three goals given up are of minor concern, really. Pedro scored a wonder-ball to begin the scoring. Gary Cahill’s goal came off of a free kick that pinballed around the penalty area. And then Willian put the finishing touches on a demoralized Everton side that had likely given up by that point. Chelsea are really good and they are gonna score. It happens.
But the lack of attack for the second consecutive match is a problem. Once again, Romelu Lukaku can barely get a touch on the ball against top level competition. Sure, that can partially be his fault, but much of it comes down to his service and explains why the Belgian is seeking to play elsewhere. If Chelsea, in fact, are the team leading the race for his signature, they made quite the impression.
Chelsea have now beaten Everton twice this season by a total of 8-0. It’s a reflection of just how far away the Toffees are from competing for the league title. Their defensive line is a touch too slow. Their wingers aren’t creative enough. The midfield is solid but still gelling together. And it looks like they may lose their world class striker this summer to the highest bidder. There is a lot of work to do during the upcoming transfer window.
Not much was really learned by today’s performance. Many who have watched Everton closely during the year were well aware of the team’s shortcomings. As the Blues were being outclassed on the pitch, Ronald Koeman had such few options on the bench that he turned to Arouna Kone in an effort to score some much-needed goals. Let that sink in. Arouna. Kone.
Everton now become Tottenham fans for the day in hopes that the Spurs beat Arsenal later today in the North London Derby to keep things competitive for the sixth place spot in the league.
Next up for Everton is a match-up with Swansea City on Saturday. We will get a good look at Gylfi Sigurdsson as the Swans continue their battle for their Premier League lives after an impressive draw with Manchester United earlier today.