Everton draw 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Everton drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

A depleted and out-of-form squad held the European champions to a surprising draw courtesy to goalkeeper Pickford’s heroics and a milestone first Everton goal for highly-rated young defender Branthwaite.

Everton drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Branthwaite’s equaliser on his first Everton league start since July 2020 handed Chelsea another defeat.

They’ve lost points for the fourth time in seven games, falling from first to third place and four points off the top spot, and have lost some of their former aura and confidence.

Against Everton, they were denied their main attackers by a string of Covid findings.

Even though they had more than enough chances and possession (80%) to win comfortably, they didn’t.

 

When they did produce, they ran against England’s No. 1 Pickford.

Everton held out for a long time before Branthwaite’s goal capped Pickford’s mature performance.

Rafa Benitez was delighted with the victory in his ongoing struggle with Everton’s fans.

It was a team effort with a lot of challenges and no senior players available. That’s a good point.

Tuchel’s team looked good despite missing Romelu Lukaku, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz due to positive Covid results.

But not having such players and qualities was a major influence.

Pickford’s eventful night started with saves from Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, and Reece James.

His later reaction stop, a right boot flick to deny Mount from close range, left his England team-mate stunned.

Tuchel, meanwhile, was enraged by the lost opportunities.

Pickford beat Mount again early in the second half before the Chelsea midfielder overcame him 20 minutes later to record his fourth league goal.

Chelsea sit 3rd on the Premier League table behind Liverpool and Manchester City.

 

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