Mauricio Pochettino is under extreme pressure today that Chelsea lost to Everton away on the road once more. Abdoulaye Doucoure and Lewis Dobbin’s strikes in the second half sent Goodison Park into a frenzy as the Blues lost two straight games in the northwest in a span of a few days.
Chelsea used a 4-3-3 formation to open the game, and Mykhailo Mudryk looked quite promising down the left side from the off. The Ukrainian was excited about the challenge of taking on Ashley Young, a seasoned player in the Premier League.
But in the first forty-five minutes, the visitors were unable to actually pose a danger to the Everton goal. Though it was subtle, Chelsea’s play had a sense of control, which was comforting given the events at Old Trafford less than four days earlier.
With what appeared to be yet another hamstring issue, Chelsea captain Reece James was pulled off the pitch in the first half. The England international’s injury luck continued to worse as he limped off the pitch, looking distraught.
Chelsea had some control over what was going on the pitch, but they were once again having trouble producing a quality result. Although Armando Broja was doing a good job of leading the line and making the appropriate runs down the channel, he was frequently left alone when he did get the ball.
When Mudryk faced Nathan Patterson and Ashley Young, who appeared hurt, he looked incredibly good. The 22-year-old looked really dangerous on the wing, but as has been the tale of his Chelsea career thus far, he was unable to produce that game-winning pass in the closing third.
Cole Palmer appeared to be quite talented as well, but the England player shot excessively and stopped the Blues’ in several fairly risky attacking phases. Compared to Moises Caicedo and Conor Gallagher, his midfield counterparts, Enzo Fernandez was making more forward passes.
Chelsea appeared almost afraid to commit too many players forward during the counterattacking phase in the second half. During transition, it was frequently simply Mudryk and Broja in the final third, which was continually disappointing the visitors.
Then the unavoidable occurred. Everton took the lead early in the second half thanks to a goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure, leaving Chelsea to regret any momentum they may have had in the game. It erupted in Goodison Park.
It was Pochettino and Chelsea’s misery compiler throughout stoppage time. Dobbin sealed the three points for the hosts with a decisive finish for the Toffees.
There was a tiny improvement following such a dismal showing against Manchester United. However, Chelsea fans will be extremely anxious about the team’s current situation, so that is no comfort.
Unfortunately for Pochettino, the Chelsea head coach is currently under a lot of pressure. According to the club’s signals, they will support the Argentine in developing their long-term project.
But football is such a results-driven industry. At Stamford Bridge, during the conclusion of Graham Potter’s reign, we too heard something extremely similar. It’s just not up to par.
Before the game, many of his followers had serious doubts about his future. Chelsea’s sixth Premier League loss of the season will now raise even more questions.