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Coming into the game, both Chelsea and Everton had undefeated records in their first three EPL games, but few would have expected Roberto Martinez’s men to walk away with that record unscathed. And now, for the first time in years if not decades, the two Merseyside clubs, Everton and Liverpool, are the only two teams not have lost a game. For Chelsea, this game was a reality check. Jose Mourinho had returned to his domain in triumph, but Blues fans must now come down from the clouds and remember that the Premier League trophy will not reappear at Stamford Bridge just because Mourinho has. So what went awry in the Portuguese tactician’s plans?
The first point of note before the match was the return of fan favorite Juan Mata to the starting XI. The Spanish international had failed to make the team the last few games and was not called up by Vicente Del Bosque in the most recent round of internationals. Recent statements by the player suggested that an injury had contributed to a lack of match fitness in the past weeks and that Mourinho still saw Mata as a key part of his plans going forward. Whatever the case, Chelsea’s midfield maestro played well in the first half with his signature blend of creative passing and clever dribbling. Unfortunately it was evidently clear that Mata, despite is immense talents, is not a natural fit for the counterattacking style Mourinho plays. He was replaced by Oscar ten minutes into the second half, though it’s hard to say that Oscar played any better in the number ten role than Chelsea two-time player of the year.
The other major change in Mourinho’s lineup was the inclusion of the newly signed Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o. A Mourinho favorite at Inter Milan, Eto’o served as a replacement of sorts for the main transfer target, Wayne Rooney, who chose to remain with David Moyes at Old Trafford. The 32 year old showed some evidence of why he was for so long with world’s highest paid player at Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia. His runs down the pitch were threatening, and he was involved in buildup play, clearly unhesitant to get back to help regain possession. Despite this, he was denied by Gareth Barry after he was clear on goal following a mistake by the otherwise excellent Tim Howard. It was a chance he really should have finished.
Finishing was Chelsea’s biggest problem across the field, with Andre Schürrle the most wasteful of all. He fired high into the stands in the first half despite having only Howard to beat and could only find the side netting. Mourinho was clearly furious with the German winger and took him off for Frank Lampard in the 57 minute. Lampard was not his usual threatening presence in front of goal, and Mourinho rolled the dice once again, bringing on Fernando Torres for Ashley Cole in the 69 minute and switching to a new three-man defense.
Yet despite all efforts, the day belonged to Everton, despite the loss of Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United. Under Martinez, Everton were persistent and disciplined, a very different side than the one Moyes left behind. Everton may have scored against the run of play, but Steven Naismith’s birthday goal came after some truly beautiful, patient passing, and they even managed 44% possession. The Goodison Park faithful deserved their win tonight.
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