This past Saturday, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea FC had the chance of going level on points with Manchester United, on the Premier League table.
The Blues, who faced off against a 9th place Everton in an away game, managed to pull off a disappointing 0-0 draw against The Toffees at the Goodison Park. Despite the draw, both Chelsea and Everton have seemingly learned a lot from their clash and thus here are three talking points from the match between Chelsea and Everton:
#1 Chelsea’s lack of bench strength and squad depth:
The Blues definitely lacked the attacking power in their forward line yesterday and with Alvaro Morata being on the suspended list, Conte’s men clearly failed to capitalize in-front of goal.
Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi also couldn’t do much from his end, as he got just 20 minutes of game time. Apparently, it seems like Conte still isn’t fully capable of keeping his faith on the former Marseille man and now there is also a possibility of Batshuayi potentially leaving Chelsea FC in the January transfer window.
#2 Conte gets it wrong with Eden Hazard:
Eden Hazard is by far the best player on the current Chelsea FC squad; however, the 26-year-old is always at his best whenever he plays from the wing. On Saturday afternoon, Antonio Conte decided to play Hazard as his centre-forward and The Blues couldn’t break the deadlock, despite dominating through the entire game. This clearly goes on to reflect on the center forward’s performance and hence it proves that Eden Hazard is clearly not a specialist number nine and it is best he plays on the wings for West Londoners.
#3 Sam Allardyce completely transforms Everton’s defense:
It is safe to say that Big Sam has completely transformed Everton FC’s defense and despite being under a lot of pressure in the first half of the match, The Toffees made it through the entire game without conceding. English defender Michael Keane was by far the best defender on the pitch for Everton. For a man who was recently demoted as a reserve team reject, the 24-year-old showed great confidence on the pitch and held his ground perfectly against the likes of Hazard and Batshuayi.