Chelsea beat Everton to tighten grip on top four, West Ham United move up to fifth after win over Leeds United
A penalty from Jorginho and homeward goal from Ben Godfrey gave Chelsea a 2-0 English Premier League victory over Everton on Monday, extending the unbeaten start of new manager Thomas Tuchel to 11 appearances and a ninth clean sheet.
The revival since Frank Lampard’s sacking in January has strengthened the West London club’s grip on fourth and last place in the Champions League. Everton still have one game in hand against Chelsea, but the Merseyside club are four points behind Tuchel. They also slipped behind West Ham United, who jumped to fifth place after their 2-0 victory over Leeds United in the late kick-off of the day.
Chelsea’s Kai Havertz impressed throughout the first half as a false nine and was unlucky to have the opening goal taken out.
Havertz’s deflection from Marcos Alonso’s cross keeper Jordan Pickford seemed to be heading towards the corner of the goal, before Godfrey’s intervention sent the ball crashing through the other side of the net in the 31st minute.
Callum Hudson-Odoi deserved just as much credit for the goal. The 20-year-old winger jumped back and forth, dropped his marker Mason Holgate and picked up a pass from Kurt Zouma. Spinning on his heels to face goal, Hudson-Odoi then donned the perfect ball for the rushing Alonso. The left-back center set the goal in motion, but Hudson-Odoi’s breathtaking movement and precision unlocked an otherwise tight Everton defense.
Alonso should have doubled Chelsea’s lead before half-time, having clearly grabbed Mateo Kovacic’s beautiful ball above Everton’s defense.
Alonso’s shot suffered a slight deflection, which reduced power and allowed Pickford to place the ball just around his far post.
Tuchel spent much of the half shouting at Reece James to come in on the right flank when play was on the left wing. The coach was determined to see James attacking more aggressively on the ball, and eventually called James and Havertz to detail his instructions on a notepad.