Everton v Chelsea tactical analysis
TEAMtalk takes an analytical and tactical look at Everton's rousing 1-0 Premier League victory over Chelsea on Saturday evening. Roberto Martinez's first league win as Everton manager provided Jose Mourinho with his first defeat since returning to Chelsea for a second stint, as Steven Naismith celebrated his 27th birthday with the game's only goal at Goodison Park. Fittingly, on a day of firsts, it was the Scot's first league start of the season.
That said, with three clean sheets from four games they'll be saying Everton are the new 'old Arsenal' next. Whilst Romelu Lukaku was not eligible to figure against his parent club, Martinez resisted the temptation to blood both of his other noticeable deadline day captures as only Gareth Barry was granted a start, in the holding role vacated by Marouane Fellaini.
James McCarthy had to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench, despite the fact Steven Pienaar was unavailable through injury as Naismith was preferred in an advance right-sided position. For Chelsea, it was all about a returning no.10 and a new no.9.
A first league game since August 26 saw Mourinho finally 'free' Juan Mata to give the much sympathised with Spaniard his first Chelsea start of the season. Samuel Eto'o was given the nod ahead of Fernando Torres to lead the line.
New £33million acquisition Willian was conspicuous only in his absence from a tidy-looking bench comprising Essien, Lampard, De Bruyne, Oscar, Torres, Cahill and Schwarzer.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Teamtalk.comSimilar Stories