Chelsea put a grueling preseason behind them to kick off their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday thanks to Jorginho’s penalty. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel warned last week that Chelsea were “not ready” for the new season after a grueling tour of the United States, including a 4-0 thrashing by Arsenal, which left his squad empty. However, a new era at Stamford Bridge is gaining momentum off the pitch with the signings of Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka in recent days to newcomers Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Sterling, Koulibaly and Cucurella made their debut as Chelsea ended a run of four consecutive defeats at Goodison Park, despite a mixed performance.
Everton’s preparations were disrupted this week by an injury that left England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin out for the first six weeks of the season.
The Toffees suffered another injury early on when Ben Godfrey was stretched off a stretcher after he got worse in a challenge with Kai Havertz.
Everton has been predicted to struggle again after just averting relegation last season.
But they could have easily made at least a point from a spirited display.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a fine save to prevent James Tarkowski from heading Everton up front on his debut.
Sterling was also denied a debut goal by the offside flag after being swept home after Jordan Pickford spilled a shot from Mason Mount.
Everton’s good work before the break was undone in the eighth minute of adding the long stoppage in time for Godfrey’s injury.
Ben Chilwell was bundled into the penalty area by Abdoulaye Doucoure and, unlike the Euro 2020 final, Jorginho sent Pickford the wrong way from the spot for the deciding goal.
Everton bravely pushed for the equalizer after the break but were blunt on offense without the presence of Calvert-Lewin or the departed Richarlison.
Mendy came to Chelsea’s rescue again with key saves to miss Demarai Gray’s shot and block Doucoure’s powerful effort from afar.
On the other hand, Sterling was again frustrated when his shot was deflected centimeters wide by Vitaliy Mykolenko
But one goal was enough for Chelsea to wait five years to win away from Everton.
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