Fulltime Thoughts -
So there ends another Blues preseason, this one had a marked paucity of goals as compared to last summer when we were pinging them in against ATV Irdning in Austria. Not a single goal from a first team midfielder or striker, kinda tells its own tale doesn’t it?
Encouraging for the defence though, especially with all eyes on the Mina-Keane pairing while Everton Twitter does its best to #FreeZouma.
90’ - There’s the final whistle and it ends 0-0. Kudos to the defence, but the attack still has a lot of question marks over it.
‘Wonderwall’ blaring out over the tannoy at Weserstadion, probably in tribute to the Blues backline.
86’ - Oh my my, where will this elusive goal come from. Davies finds Tosun and his shot is well-saved by the goalie. Another cross comes in and Tosun sets up Gomes, whose deflected shot is kicked away by the Greek goalie again. So close.
82’ - Tom Davies and Kevin Mirallas come on for Sigurdsson and Bernard respectively.
80’ - Sargent embarrasses Keane with another great run and the defender yanks him down. Nutmegged him too, oof, deserves that yellow card. Sahin’s freekick is straight at the wall though.
Blues break fast, lovely flick from Bernard, and Digne has a look at goal but scuffs his shot, and a retreating Klaassen clears for a corner.
Corner swings in and Keane is close, but misses the ball, complains he’s been pushed.
77’ - USMNT’s Sargent gets past Mina on the break and shoots.. but Pickford gets down low and saves well.
74’ - Ouch. Claudio Pizarro, in his sixth spell at Bremen, and all of 4,284 years old, rakes his boot down the back of Bernard’s leg. Yellow card.
72’ - A number of Blues warming up now, but it’s Cenk Tosun coming on for DCL.
Immediately the Blues create a chance and Walcott has a shot from the penalty spot, through the bodies and straight at the goalie.
63’ - Quick thinking from Pickford there. He comes out to head clear for a throw-in, but the ball bounces back and before Bremen can take a quick throw, he hoofs it clear. Haha.
61’ - Osako bursts into the box but Mina half clears, and the Japanese forward gets off a half-shot, but Pickford parries well.
59’ - Schneiderlin with a foul after a dangerous move from Muto. The freekick is central, about 25 yards out with former Red Nuri Sahin to take.. deflects off the wall and Pickford gathers.
54’ - Coleman bundled over by Davy Klaassen. Sigurdsson’s freekick is overhit though.
Blues string through a good sequence of passes ending with a Walcott shot low, but it’s saved.
Elsewhere, Luke Garbutt has scored for Ipswich Town, while Nathan Broadhead and Josh Bowler are both on the bench as Championship ties have kicked off.
50’ - Poor giveaway in the middle from Bernard allows Bremen to find Rashica in the box, but Jordan Pickford is out quickly. Not been his day today.
46’ - One change at the break, with Theo Walcott on for Richarlison. The Brazilian spent the entire break running around the pitch. He only returned to training on Monday, so has some ways to go to get fully fit.
Rashica gets in behind Coleman but the Irishman catches him and then shoulders him off the ball, with the winger going down in the box. The stadium hollers for a penalty but the referee is not interested. Seamus gives him an earful for diving too, haha.
Halftime Thoughts -
It’s 0-0 at the break in what’s been a pretty even half of football. The Blues have had the best chances really, with Bernard ruing a miss from point blank range. Fabian Delph went off injured after just four minutes on the clock, looked to have pulled something, which is very worrying considering new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin hasn’t trained in weeks now.
The Yerry Mina - Michael Keane pairing has looked good, with the Colombian particularly strong and showing some good passing range too. Seamus Coleman has fought a good battle against Rashica, gotten some good crosses in too while Lucas Digne has been his usual level too.
Concerns will remain in the attacking half of the pitch though. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been in and out of it, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is.. well, the same he was last season. Richarlison is still not fully fit and Bernard has drifted too.
Last preseason friendly, the XI that trot out today have to be very close to what we put on the pitch for next week’s opener at Selhurst Park, right? Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean unlikely to start that one with less than a week’s training.
| Here's how we line up for the final test of pre-season... COYB! ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/AjawPOu6OB— Everton (@Everton) August 3, 2019
Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Gomes, Delph; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Stekelenburg, Lossl, Holgate, Walcott, Tosun, Mirallas, Schneiderlin, Davies, Foulds, Gordon.
Werder Bremen: Pavlenka, Rashica, Osako, Fullkrug, Sahin, Moisander, Gebre Selassie, Klaassen, Friedl, Eggestein, Gross
Competition; Round: 2019-20 Preseason Friendly 7
Date & Time: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 6:00am PST, 9:00am EST, 2:00pm BST, 3:00pm local time
Venue: Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany
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The Blues have looked underwhelming for most of the preseason, but with Richarlison and Cenk Tosun back in full training this week, Marco Silva will be hoping to get a more cohesive performance from his unit before the test at Crystal Palace next week.
Hosts Bremen have a face very familiar to Blues - Davy Klaassen. The Dutchman enjoyed a renaissance to his career last season after a miserable year at Goodison Park, but it looks like one of those transfers that worked out for the best for both sides.