Chelsea beat Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the 2020-21 Premier League to extend their unbeaten run to eight league games. An own goal from Benjamin Godfrey and a second-half penalty from Jorginho settled the contest, as the Blues remained in the fourth position on the table. The Toffees entered the match on the back of a three-game winning run but produced a limp display; they were second-best to Chelsea for almost the entirety of the game.

The defeat leaves them four points behind Thomas Tuchel’s side in fifth, albeit with a game in hand, whereas Chelsea is now just three points off Leicester City. Besides one save against Alex Iwobi in the first half, Edouard Mendy wasn’t really troubled and enjoyed a comfortable evening as he recorded another league clean sheet.

The Chelsea captain was impressive at both ends of the field. Cesar Azpilicueta completed two tackles and three clearances; he also had a 92% pass completion rate and laid two key passes too, the second of which created a great chance for Timo Werner. The Dane was crucial for Chelsea in building from the back, laying some excellent over-the-top crosses, including one that produced his own goal. Andreas Christensen also came up trumps defensively.

A real menace down the left flank, Callum Hudson-Odoi caused Alex Iwobi plenty of problems and also created a few good chances. One of his efforts was tipped over the bar by Everton custodian Jordan Pickford. It was his best Chelsea performance arguably since the hat-trick to Barnsley last year. Havertz was a constant threat to Everton, running at their defenders and always looking to get in behind. He also forced his own goal from Godfrey.

After struggling to get himself into the game, Timo Werner came to life in the final quarter but missed a good chance by firing straight at Pickford. N’Golo Kante had two chances in the game, but Pickford made sure he did not convert either of them. The in-form midfielder injected energy and guile into their attack. Mason Mount drew a nice save out of Pickford too. Christian Pulisic came on too late to have any sort of impact for Chelsea.

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