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Chelsea 2-0 Everton: Thomas Tuchel praises Kai Havertz as Blues strengthen top-four hopes

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Ben Godfrey
Ben Godfrey's own goal was the first time Everton had conceded in four matches

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel praised forward Kai Havertz after his fellow German played a vital role in the Blues' victory over top-four rivals Everton.

His shot was turned in for an own goal by Ben Godfrey for the opener before the Germany international won a penalty, which Jorginho converted, to maintain Tuchel's unbeaten record as Chelsea boss.

Havertz, 21, moved to London in a £71m transfer from Bayer Leverkusen in September but has only scored one Premier League goal and was making his first start since 27 January.

"I am very pleased with Kai. It was the trust we gave him and he used that trust," said Tuchel, who has not lost in 11 games in charge since replacing the sacked Frank Lampard in January.

"He has all the ability to be a dominant figure in [attack] and he stepped up.

"He showed up between the lines to accelerate our game, increase the touches in the box, be responsible for assists and through-balls, and take responsibility to finish himself.

"There is no doubt about his quality, his talent and his character."

Havertz also had a goal disallowed for a handball and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who had conceded the penalty, made a number of saves to deny Chelsea a bigger winning margin.

Tuchel's side remain fourth and in the last Champions League qualifying spot. With 10 league games of the season left, they are now only three points behind third-placed Leicester and four adrift of Manchester United in second.

Chelsea are two points ahead of West Ham, although the Hammers, up to fifth and above Everton following a 2-0 win over Leeds, have a game in hand.

Chelsea 2-0 Everton: Kai Havertz impresses Thomas Tuchel as unbeaten run continues

Chelsea revival continues with routine win

Chelsea have played in the Champions League in 15 of the past 17 campaigns, but were ninth in the Premier League, and five points off the top four, when they sacked Lampard in January.

Tuchel has transformed their fortunes. This victory means they have won six and drawn three of his nine league matches in charge, as well as winning games in the FA Cup and Champions League.

The German, who guided Paris St-Germain to the Champions League final in 2019-20, made five changes from the side that won 1-0 at Liverpool on Thursday and saw his team dominate possession.

Jorginho twice volleyed wide from outside the area before they went ahead on 31 minutes.

Alonso fired in a low cross from the left and Havertz flicked the ball on, but it took a big deflection off Godfrey to leave Pickford with no chance.

Havertz thought he had scored only his second Premier League goal when he collected Callum Hudson-Odoi's chipped pass and fired past Pickford early in the second half.

However, the goal was ruled out as referee David Coote judged the German had handled the ball, with video assistant referee Michael Oliver confirming the on-field decision.

But it became 2-0 soon after when Jorginho scored his seventh goal of the season with a calmly taken penalty as Chelsea completed a routine win.

Chelsea 2-0 Everton: Toffees 'not at their best' in defeat says Carlo Ancelotti

Reality check for Ancelotti's Everton

After Thursday's 1-0 win at West Brom, Ancelotti, who guided Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup double in 2009-10, said he was "dreaming" of taking the Toffees into the Champions League.

But this performance brought them back to reality and showed they will need further improvement if they are to break into the top four.

They had to wait until first-half injury time before they could test home goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and he saved a 25-yard low strike from Andre Gomes - the visitors' only shot on target.

Richarlison had scored in Everton's past four games and had a good chance but, off balance and from a tight angle, could only shoot wide.

England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin also had a quiet evening as the Blues kept a clean sheet for the ninth time in 11 matches under Tuchel.

Everton never looked like getting back into the match and Pickford made a number of saves to keep out efforts from Timo Werner, Kurt Zouma, N'Golo Kante and Mason Mount.

A rare away loss for Everton this season - the stats

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their past 26 Premier League home games against Everton (won 15). Only against Spurs have the Blues had a longer unbeaten home run in top-flight history (27 from 1990-2016).
  • Only against Leeds (35 from 1946-2001) have Everton had a longer winless away run in the top flight than they have at Chelsea.
  • Only Maurizio Sarri (12 with Chelsea in 2018-19) and Frank Clark (11 with Nottingham Forest in 1994-95) have begun their Premier League managerial careers with a longer unbeaten run than Chelsea's Thomas Tuchel (currently played nine, won six, drawn three).
  • Everton suffered their first away Premier League defeat since losing at Newcastle in November, ending their nine-game unbeaten run on the road in the competition.
  • Tuchel has become the first manager in Premier League history to see his side keep a clean sheet in each of his first five home games in charge in the competition.
  • Everton have scored 53 own goals in the Premier League, seven more than any other side in the competition's history.
  • Only Liverpool's James Milner in 2016-17 (seven out of seven) has scored more goals in a single Premier League season with all of them coming from the penalty spot than Chelsea's Jorginho this term (six out of six).

'We controlled it completely' - what they said

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, talking to BT Sport, said: "We deserved to win. It was a very difficult first half but we controlled it completely. Second half, we increased our level and had a lot of dangerous attacks.

"You see the quality of the players and the club. It is a pleasure to be on the sideline and work with the team. Everybody in the club is doing everything to compete at this level."

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, speaking to BT Sport, said: "They played better than us. They deserved to win. We were good defensively for 30 minutes. When they scored, the game became difficult for us. They are a good team.

"Jordan did well. For the penalty he can do better but it doesn't change the performance. I think it was a penalty.

"The game that we planned was what we got for 30 minutes. But we have to be honest, we are not at the same level. We cannot play an open game against this kind of team. It was the plan to play the same way as we played against Liverpool, but against Liverpool we scored early.

"We are looking to fight for Europe. This is good for us. We will be there until the last game. We are disappointed for this defeat but no tragedy. We look to the next game."

What's next?

Chelsea face Leeds away on Saturday (12:30 GMT), then play the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at home against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, 17 March (20:00 GMT), followed by a home match versus Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, 21 March (13:30 GMT).

Everton play Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday (17:30 GMT) before another home game a week later when they entertain Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday, 20 March (17:30 GMT).



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Christensen
  • 15Zouma
  • 24James
  • 5Jorginho
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forKantéat 80'minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 11WernerSubstituted forPulisicat 90'minutes
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forMountat 66'minutes
  • 29Havertz


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 7Kanté
  • 10Pulisic
  • 18Giroud
  • 19Mount
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech


Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 4HolgateBooked at 17mins
  • 5Keane
  • 22Godfrey
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forDaviesat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forBernardat 76'minutes
  • 6Allan
  • 12DigneBooked at 50mins
  • 10G SigurdssonSubstituted forKingat 70'minutes
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 7Richarlison


  • 11King
  • 18Nkounkou
  • 20Bernard
  • 26Davies
  • 31Neves Virgínia
  • 34Broadhead
  • 48John
  • 53Tyrer
  • 62Onyango
David Coote

Match Stats

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    Match ends, Chelsea 2, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.

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    Attempt missed. N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Alonso with a cross.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Christian Pulisic replaces Timo Werner.

  6. Booking

    Tom Davies (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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    Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Davies (Everton).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bernard (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Davies.

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    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Timo Werner (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mason Mount.

  13. Post update

    Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mason Holgate (Everton).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mason Mount with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Timo Werner (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a through ball.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. N'Golo Kanté replaces Mateo Kovacic.

  19. Post update

    Mason Mount (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bernard (Everton).

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