Everton hosted Chelsea in the Premier League as the Toffees looked to bounce back from throwing away a two-goal lead at Newcastle United in their last outing. Chelsea arrived on Merseyside with many questions to answer themselves as they pursue a place in next season’s Champions League.
Going into the fixture, both managers were feeling the pressure after underwhelming seasons for their respective teams. Despite significant investment in the last few years, Everton have seemingly taken a scattergun approach to recruitment. A revolving door of coaches meaning they lack a real identity to their play.
So far Marco Silva has yet to really change this. The highest placed team they had beaten so far this season was Leicester City in 10th. With home defeats such as the humbling 6-2 home loss to Spurs casting doubt over the Toffees manager, a statement win against one of the Premier League’s better teams would give the Portuguese coach some much needed breathing space.
Chelsea arrived at Goodison Park with Maurizio Sarri also under heavy scrutiny, having so far failed to replicate the thrilling football that took Serie A by storm in 2017/18 with Napoli. A performance and result were required on Merseyside to relieve some of the pressure off of the Italian coach.
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