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Chelsea 2-0 Everton: 5 talking points

Sunday 27th August 2017
With a Chelsea 2-0 Everton scoreline, victory came too easily for the champions under a glowing midday sun. 

After a bright start to their season, the Toffees have much to lament as they leave Stamford Bridge empty-handed. Here are five talking points from the match.

Classy Cesc

The Basque finished a goal that was entirely his own doing. A clever pass out wide, an instinctive run to the box, and an intelligent one-two with Alvaro Morata, followed by a deft finish. This was Fabregas at his very best, initiating and finishing a move.

It set up a day in which the Spaniard would dictate the Chelsea midfield, rediscovering his architectural air. Everything Chelsea did going forward came through him.
This was the kind of game where Cesc thrives. He was given time to roam around the pitch and knit Chelsea together. Which brings us nicely to Ronald Koeman's...

Terrible game plan

What on earth was the Dutchman thinking? Sit off, allow Chelsea to play, you will suffer. So, why, oh why, was this his game plan? The only possible way in which this works is if his side has pace to utilize on the counter. With Wayne Rooney, Sandro, and Glyfi Sigurdsson as Koeman's front three, no such pace existed.
Little sympathy can be had for Everton. An unimaginative tactical approach undermined its ambitious summer spending. Koeman really must do better.

Soft Toffees

In its rare moments of possession, Everton were lamentably ponderous. They seemed quite happy to play the game at pedestrian speed, unwilling to threaten Chelsea or dare to run at a defense that has looked shaky this season.

Boasting so much attacking talent while doing nothing to complement its attributes is bizarre. That Everton's first shot came in the 50th minute was no surprise. It's tame nature coming off Sandro's boot was painfully predictable.

Europa League lethargy?

Everton are better than its play against Chelsea. That much is certain. Possibly, its blunt attack and ponderous possession derived from a Europa League hangover.
Just three days before, Koeman's side had battled to a vital draw in a hostile environment. Fatigue was inevitable. Still, Everton will have to learn to cope if they want to avoid embarrassing performances like this.

Chelsea were OK, nothing more

Chelsea were lucky to face a lethargic Everton side. It allowed them to stroll to victory, easing any anxiety over their poor start to the season. Victory achieved less through Chelsea performing well than Everton being so subdued and lacklustre. Watching play unfold, anything but a Chelsea win was been unthinkable.
In all honesty, Conte's side should have gone for the jugular and racked up more goals. The Blues clinical nature has dissipated with Diego Costa exiled and Eden Hazard injured, as it will do. Yet, had they scored three, four, or five, which they were more than capable of doing on the day, it would have boosted the side's morale immeasurably.

Chelsea were lucky last week. Conte's group could, probably should have lost at Spurs. This week, they were fortunate to face a meek Everton. Such fortune will not continue for the rest of the season.
Michael Jones

Football & political writer with a predictable love of everything retro. English Literature undergraduate at the University of Exeter, looking to pursue a career in sports journalism. For a collection of my work, visit. http://mikejonesmedia.wordpress.com

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