Everton 0-1 Chelsea: Jorginho’s penalty sets Chelsea on course for victory at Goodison Park

Everton 0-1 Chelsea: Jorginho’s penalty sets Chelsea on course for victory at Goodison Park

Chelsea's Jorginho scores a penalty against Everton in the Premier League
Joringho has scored 20 goals for Chelsea, 18 of which have come from the penalty spot – the highest percentage in Premier League history for anyone who has scored more than 10 goals

Chelsea opened the Premier League season with victory over Everton as Jorginho’s penalty settled a scrappy contest at Goodison Park.

Thomas Tuchel introduced summer signings Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling from the start, but it was one of Chelsea’s established stars who decided the case when Jorginho curled a complex penalty past Jordan Pickford in the first half after the break following Abdoulaye Doucoure’s foul on Ben Chilwell.

Everton, without a recognized striker after the sale of Richarlison and injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, fought fiercely but lacked quality and threat in attack.

Manager Frank Lampard’s cause was not helped by a serious early injury to defender Ben Godfrey, who was taken off on a stretcher after a challenge on Kai Havertz, with Yerry Mina another victim in the second half.

Chelsea survived in relative comfort and were able to hand a debut to new signing Marc Cucurella, the defender signed from Brighton in a deal that could eventually be worth £62m, as they made it to a winning start.

Chelsea grinding opening victory

Chelsea never needed to touch the heights to beat Everton, but manager Tuchel will still be happy to start the season with a win after a turbulent summer.

Raheem Sterling showed glimpses of what he will bring while powerful defender Koulibaly eased into the Premier League against the blunt instrument that was Everton’s attack.

Chelsea didn’t cause Everton too many serious problems, but this game was actually over as a contest because the visiting defense had too much knowledge and the home side lacked something.

Cucurella’s debut was notable only for a yellow card after he kicked the ball away in the dying moments as Chelsea ran down the clock against an increasingly frustrated Everton.

Chelsea will look to bring in more new faces before the transfer window closes and have been linked with a number of names – although this still represents a very strong squad.

It’s all about the result on the opening day and achieving it by any means possible, a mission Chelsea managed with plenty to spare.

Everton a spotlight

Everton did not lack effort or effort in this Premier League opener, but looked exactly as they are when they started the season with a loss – namely a team without a recognized striker.

They held themselves hostage to fortune by failing to replace Richarlison after his £60m move to Tottenham and paid the price when Dominic Calvert-Lewin was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury sustained in training days before the start of the campaign.

It was a mistake that was brutally exposed when boss Lampard was forced to hand Anthony Gordon the thankless task of an unfamiliar role up front, who predictably struggled against the experience of Chelsea’s summer signings Koulibaly and Thiago Silva.

Lampard needs to address this as quickly as possible, while also concentrating on bringing in other new faces.

Lille’s £33m midfielder Amadou Onana arrived in the directors’ box to warm applause in the first half ahead of the completion of his move as talks continue to complete a return to Goodison Park for Paris St-Germain’s Idrissa Gueye.

The hunt for Wolves defender Conor Coady may intensify following these injuries to Godfrey and Mina – but the need for a striker was evident with every passing minute of this disappointing defeat.

Player of the match

KoulibalyKalidou Koulibaly

Everton

  1. Team number3Player namePatterson

  2. Team number10Player nameGordon

  3. Team number4Player nameHolgate

  4. Team number17Player nameIwobi

  5. Team number19Player nameMykolenko

  6. Team number2Player nameTarkowski

  7. Team number1Player namePickford

  8. Team number11Player nameGrey

  9. Team number1. 3Player nameMine

  10. Team number7Player nameMcNeil

  11. Team number20Player nameAlli

  12. Team number22Player nameGodfrey

  13. Team number29Player nameRuben Vinagre

  14. Team number16Player nameDoucouré

Chelsea

  1. Team number26Player nameKoulibaly

  2. Team number6Player nameThiago Silva

  3. Team number7Player nameKanté

  4. Team number32Player nameCucurella

  5. Team number17Player nameSterling

  6. Team number16Player nameMendy

  7. Team number24Player nameJames

  8. Team number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  9. Team number19Player nameinstall

  10. Team number18Player nameThe bridge

  11. Team number5Player nameJorginho

  12. Team number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  13. Team number21Player nameChilwell

  14. Team number29Player nameHavertz

  15. Team number23Player nameGallagher

  16. Team number10Player namePulisic

Lineups

Everton

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 3Patterson
  • 22GodfreySubstituted forHolgateon 18′minutesOrdered in 90 minutes
  • 1. 3MineOrdered in 45 minutesSubstituted forVinegaron 70′minutes
  • 2Tarkowski
  • 19MykolenkoOrdered in 80 minutes
  • 11Grey
  • 16Doucouré
  • 17Iwobi
  • 7McNeilSubstituted forAllion 61′minutes
  • 10Gordon

Substitutes

  • 4Holgate
  • 5Keane
  • 6Alan
  • 15Begovic
  • 20Alli
  • 25Gbamine
  • 29Vinegar
  • 51Warrington
  • 56Mills

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-3

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 26KoulibalySubstituted forCucurellaon 75′minutesOrdered in 90 minutes
  • 24JamesOrdered in 56 minutes
  • 7Kanté
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forGallagheron 90+9′minutes
  • 21ChilwellSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekon 65′minutes
  • 19installSubstituted forPulisicon 65′minutes
  • 17Sterling
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forThe bridgeon 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 8Kovacic
  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 14Chalobah
  • 18The bridge
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gallagher
  • 32Cucurella

Judge:
Craig Pawson

Participation:
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