Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly each 6/10 in win over Everton

Chelsea got off to a positive start despite a poor showing in their Premier League opener as they secured a 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday night.

In a quiet first half, the home side had the most chances but it was Thomas Tuchel’s side who took the lead after Abdoulaye Doucoure fouled Ben Chilwell in the box to allow Jorginho to score Chelsea’s first goal of the season. The Toffees reacted well after the break as Demarai Gray found space in the box before testing Edouard Mendy and it was the home side who came close to equalizing again but with a desperate defence.

Chelsea continued to struggle to create meaningful chances, despite a few substitutions that included Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, preferring to resist pressure from the home side, who lost patience as the game progressed. 10 minutes of stoppage time following a medical emergency in the stands forced Chelsea to remain determined deep into stoppage time and they were able to retain three vital, hard-fought points.

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Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy were the standout stars for Chelsea on the day, whose contribution was crucial in conceding a goal.


Chelsea’s attacking game was predictable and all too often poor, which meant they struggled to create chances from open play. Thomas Tuchel must also find a way to back Raheem Sterling, who has been ousted by the opposition.

Manager Rating (out of 10)

4– A win for Chelsea is all that matters but Thomas Tuchel still has work to do after his side’s performance today. The Blues could easily have been punished if their play didn’t support the attack enough and that needs to be improved in the next game.

Player rating (1-10; 10 = best, players featured after 70 minutes do not receive a rating)

GK Edouard Mendy, 7 — A strong hand in the first half prevented James Tarkowski from scoring the opener and the Senegalese international chipped away Demarai Gray’s shot just moments into the second half.

DF Kalidou Koulibaly, 6 — The former Napoli centre-back looked positive as he handled some defensive situations, particularly airborne ones, but an overall mixed Premier League debut for Everton could have been better had some of his passes into midfield been more careful.

DF Thiago Silva, 8 — A crucial interception prevented a Demarai Gray pass that would have created the best first-half chance that typified the 37-year-old’s defensive display of the day. Thiago Silva’s interpretation of the game set the standard for his team.

DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 6 — Azpilicueta kept things simple and didn’t make many mistakes, although in moments he could have been closer to Thiago Silva as Everton quickly broke down the cross.

MF Ben Chilwell, 6 — The 25-year-old made the most of contact in Abdoulaye Doucoure’s box to win a penalty just before the break to extract maximum dividends from an instinctive run into the box.

MF Jorginho, 6 — Jorginho sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way from the spot with a cool penalty to put Chelsea ahead. He had a lot of possession over the 90 minutes but didn’t try to make enough defensive interventions in his game.

MF N’Golo Kante, 7 — The France international stopped the game several times, with N’golo Kante quickly stopping the threat while keeping things simple as he played around the play forward.

MF Reece James, 5 — James regularly tried to stretch the game down the right flank but Everton tried to counter his influence well by making sure he was closed. The 22-year-old received an unnecessary yellow card for wasting time before the hour mark.

FW Raheem Sterling, 6 — The England international enjoyed some promising moments, appearing as Chelsea’s brightest forward, but he was often left isolated and surrounded by Everton shirts.

FW Kai Havertz, 5 — An anonymous ad from the German trying to influence the game in a meaningful way.

FW Mason Mount, 5 — Mount hit a good shot early in the game to test Jordan Pickford for him in an otherwise quiet game. Clever moves helped pave a path for Chilwell to run through in the lead up until Chelsea were awarded a penalty.


Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chilwell, 65″), 6 — A powerful run forced a foul from Vitaliy Mykolenko to give Chelsea a free-kick in a dangerous area.

Christian Pulisic (Mount, 65″), 5 — The USMNT star came on for Mount just after the hour mark but Pulisic didn’t get the service he needed to make an impact. Marc Cucurella (Koulibaly, 75″) N/R – Cucurella almost made a debut assist with his well-chosen pass for Raheem Sterling, but the shot was blocked by Mykolenko.

Armando Broja (Havertz, 75″), N/R — He came on for Havertz in the last 15 minutes.

Conor Gallagher (Jorginho, 90+8″), N/R — In a Chelsea debut, Gallagher came on as a substitute in the final two minutes of the game.

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Emma Bowman

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