Chelsea’s woes deepened as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. Abdoulaye Doucoure and Lewis Dobbin were the heroes for Everton, securing their third consecutive Premier League win under manager Sean Dyche.
Despite dominating possession with 71%, Chelsea’s attacking inefficiency and defensive vulnerabilities were evident throughout the match. Doucoure opened the scoring in the 54th minute, capitalizing on a rebound after goalkeeper Robert Sanchez saved Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s initial effort. The visitors’ misery was compounded when substitute Lewis Dobbin, in injury time, scored his first Premier League goal from a corner, sealing the 2-0 victory for Everton.
Chelsea’s captain, Reece James, suffered yet another injury setback, leaving the pitch in the first half and further adding to the team’s concerns. The defeat marked Chelsea’s seventh in the season, pushing them down to 12th place in the Premier League table with 19 points from 16 games.
The loss also prompted manager Mauricio Pochettino to call for reinforcements in the January transfer window, acknowledging that the team “are missing something.” Chelsea have spent over £1 billion on transfers under the ownership of Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.
Everton, on the other hand, continued their impressive resurgence under Dyche, securing nine points from the last four league games. The Toffees now sit in 17th place with 13 points, just four points away from the relegation zone, taking into account their 10-point deduction for financial breaches.
The victory showcased Everton’s defensive solidity and clinical finishing, with Doucoure standing out as a key figure in their revival. Despite the points deduction, Dyche’s side is steadily climbing the table and gaining momentum, posing a threat to teams in the mid-table.