In a severe crisis of form, Everton suddenly got life buoys in the Premier League round of 16 with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea, the team is ranked 4th with a fairly stable performance this season.
Before the match at Goodison Park, Everton and Chelsea were at two opposite extremes. If coach Frank Lampard’s youth army maintains a steady-state and has just received news of a transfer ban reduction, Everton are diving in the relegation group (losing 8 of the last 11 matches) and sacked coach Marco Silva just before the match.
With pressure to win to find a way out, interim manager Duncan Ferguson was relieved somewhat when Everton soon had a heavy psychological relief goal in the fifth minute after a fair equalizer by Richarlison. The goal helped the feet of the home team players more confident to block the speed up the ball of the foursome of Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Willian of Chelsea.
In addition to the defense defending his net in the first half, Everton once again made “The Blues” again conceded early in the second half after the goal of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (49 minutes). Although Chelsea rekindled their hope of earning points with Mateo Kovacic’s equalizer in the 52nd minute, Everton proved they were regaining a new spirit in the game to aim for a full 3 points.
The speed of former England stars Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi in two wings constantly makes Chelsea’s inherently uncertain defense always in an embarrassing position. But most importantly, coach Duncan Ferguson brought a strong spirit to the players to overcome the most difficult time. One of those efforts and desires, the home team Goodison Park had submerged hope to reverse the situation of Lampard’s students when Calvert-Lewin completed his double in the 84th minute, setting the victory 3-1 for Everton.
Winning against Chelsea not only helped Everton with disappointment after losing to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby last round, but most importantly helping them temporarily escape the red light area. Chelsea, meanwhile, have not faced the risk of losing the fourth position, but the Stamford Brigde team has missed the opportunity to temporarily occupy the third position of Man City, the team will face rivals Manchester United in this round.