Chelsea consolidated fourth spot in the Premier League as Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start to life at Stamford Bridge continued with a 2-0 victory over Everton.
In a crucial contest in the race for Champions League qualification, Kai Havertz made decisive contributions in either half as Chelsea proved a cut above their resurgent top-four rivals.
Havertz hand a hand in Chelsea’s opener when his 31st-minute strike deflected in off Everton defender Ben Godfrey, and the German won the second-half penalty off Jordan Pickford which handed Jorginho the opportunity to double the hosts’ lead from the spot.
Tuchel’s eighth victory as Chelsea manager extends his unbeaten start to 11 games and sees the Blues open up a four-point lead over fifth-placed Everton, who saw their three-game winning run end with a whimper in the capital.
Chelsea: Mendy (6), Azpilicueta (7), Christensen (7), Zouma (7), James (7), Jorginho (7), Kovacic (7), Alonso (7), Hudson-Odoi (7), Havertz (8), Werner (6).
Subs: Mount (6), Kante (5), Pulisic (n/a).
Everton: Pickford (5), Godfrey (5), Keane (6), Holgate (5), Digne (6), Allan (6), Gomes (6), Iwobi (5), Sigurdsson (5), Richarlison (5), Calvert-Lewin (5).
Subs: King (5), Bernard (5), Davies (5).
Man of the Match: Kai Havertz
Chelsea continue Everton dominance – Match stats
- Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 26 Premier League home games against Everton (W15 D11). Only against Spurs have the Blues had a longer unbeaten home run in top-flight history (27 between 1990-2016).
- Only against Leeds (35 between 1946-2001) have Everton had a longer winless away run in the top-flight than they have at Chelsea, with the Toffees winless in 26 visits to Stamford Bridge since a 1-0 win in November 1994.
- Only Maurizio Sarri (12 with Chelsea in 2018-19) and Frank Clark (11 with Nottingham Forest in 1994-95) have begun their Premier League managerial careers with a longer unbeaten run than Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel (currently P9 W6 D3).
- Everton suffered their first away Premier League defeat since losing at Newcastle in November, ending their nine-game unbeaten run on the road in the competition.
- Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has become the first manager in Premier League history to see his side keep a clean sheet in each of his first five home games in charge in the competition, while the Blues have kept five consecutive home league clean sheets for the first time since January 2015.
- Everton have scored 53 own goals in the Premier League, seven more than any other side in the competition’s history.
Chelsea travel to Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday at 12.30pm, before Everton host Burnley on Saturday Night Football at 5.30pm.