Chelsea 0-0 Everton: Toffees play out a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge
In a scrappy typical intense clash, Maurizio Sarri’s men had to wait for an awful lot of time to strike the first effort on target against a rigid and well-organised Everton team.
The game got more fervent after the break when Alvaro Morata was denied by Jordan Pickford before Gylfi Sigurdsson stung the palms of Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Marcos Alonso, who brought out an impressive save from the Everton shot-stopper, hit the bar with an outside of the boot effort just from the edge of the box.
Eden Hazard wasn’t at his best but kept trying throughout the game, probing at the Toffees defence at every step forward. Morata had a couple of chances to open the scoring but he was adjudged offside on a few occasions, much to the frustration of the Spaniard.
Everton were tight at the back, not allowing space in between the lines for the Blues midfielders to operate. They were also very adept in thwarting the physical threat of the home team, thanks to Michael Keane and Yerry Mina.
Though Marco Silva’s men didn’t offer much on the counter-attack apart from small periods, they were a determined bunch in repelling the opposition attacks; anything going forward was a bonus.
This result puts Chelsea at third place as Liverpool grab the second spot. On the other hand, Everton remain at 9th place with 19 points from 12 games, two points ahead of 10th-placed Leicester City.
Here’s how the fans of the away team reacted after a positive result:
Earned it today! Continue to see improvement away to Big 6! HOPE Gylfi and Richarlison are both okay!!! Time to see Lookman from the start! Onwards and Upwards!! COYB!!
— Jim Chandler (@spicejim73) November 11, 2018
Great performance boys, love Yerry Mina already. Can’t wait to be back at Goodison in two weeks 🔵👏🏻
— Simon J Villiers (@sjv_simon) November 11, 2018
Great performance, very composed. Was unsure at the beginning of the season about Silva, but he just grows on me every week. Friend is a disgrace of a ref.
— domingo44 (@dodge1878) November 11, 2018
Massive point that! Pickford MOTM hands down. Lookman needs to start from now on and mina is an animal at the back. Well played lads
— Adam 🎄 (@AdxmW_) November 11, 2018
Nothing but positives from that game for me.
— Thomas Mccarten (@Thomasmccarten1) November 11, 2018
Good performance boys… And lookman should be starting games now
— Rahul Rawat (@rahulrokxx09) November 11, 2018