Stamford Bridge, London – Chelsea were two goals up inside 20 minutes with goals from Mason Mount and Pedro. The home side were thoroughly dominant in the first half that it forced Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti to switch formations to try and stop the Chelsea rampant.
With Billy Gilmour starting in place of the suspended Jorginho and Kepa starting consecutive games in goal for the first time since January, the home team started this one on the front foot as Everton struggled to cope with the Chelsea press.
Mount received the ball just inside the Everton goal box and with a delicate first touch, turned and sent a low driven shot past Pickford. That lead was doubled six minutes when, Pedro was sent through on goal with a sumptuous defense splitting pass from former Evertonian Ross Barkley and the Spaniard found the bottom corner with aplomb.
Chelsea again, scored two goals within ten minutes of the second half as they picked up from where they left off. Chelsea had the time to give two teenagers their premier league debut. English-born Nigerian, Tino Anjorin and Armando Broja. As a matter of fact, chelsea featured five academy graduates as Frank Lampard looks to change old traditions at the club.
The Chelsea manager in his post match interview alluded to the importance of a clean sheet and heaped praise on Billy Gilmour and rightly so. Another man-of-the-match performance from the Scottish teenager. He certainly provides competition for Jorginho at the base of that midfield.
Everton were nowhere near their best today and they got punished by a rampant Chelsea team that seems to ticking in all the right places when Olivier Giroud is in the line up.