Chelsea vs Everton LIVE Football Score 6 August 2022
Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva has talked about his partnership with Kalidou Koulibaly as he expects his new Blues teammate to be fully ready for next week’s Premier League opener against Everton. The Blues failed to keep any clean sheet in any of their pre-season games, except for Saturday’s behind-closed-doors second match against Udinese, but Friday’s 3-1 win in Italy showed positive signs. Their unsurprising dominant performance aside, Chelsea only conceded three shots on target throughout the game. Koulibaly’s presence on the left of the back three had a huge positive impact. Silva is even convinced that the Senegal international is ready for his full Premier League debut next week.
Aside from Koulibaly, Thomas Tuchel has also used Ethan Ampadu in defence a lot during the pre-season. The versatile 21-year-old even impressed the manager during their tour in the United States, which may lead to his securing a first-team spot ahead of the new season. However, Tuchel previously also insisted that he wants another new defender this summer and according to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are working on two centre-back targets at the moment. Chelsea will be buoyed going into the first game of the season as their squad look all available for selection with no notable injuries. The Blues will take on Everton on the opening weekend of the Premier League as they’ll look to get their season off to a positive start. In a summer unlike any other for Chelsea after Todd Boehly taking ownership of the club, there is still plenty for Chelsea to resolve ahead of the new term and the end of the transfer window.
The futures of the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Armando Broja and others need to be decided, while it’s clear Tuchel would like more incoming players in the coming weeks. As I sat down in the press box at Goodison Park, it was clear this wasn’t your average Premier League game. Chelsea were about to take on Everton – back on May 1 – but the atmosphere outside of the stadium was absolutely electric. Under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, Everton were fighting for their lives at the bottom of the Premier League table. Clouds of dark blue smoke lighted up the sky, and it was hard to see the direction you were walking in. The Toffees had been poor all season long, but they were in with a fighting chance of staying up. Everton supporters knew they had to make it a special atmosphere, and they did not fail in that respect.
Chelsea could never get settled in the game. There were a few reasons why this was perhaps the case. It was right in the middle of the uncertain period in west London. The club was up for sale, and the off-the-pitch drama looked to be impacting the players. There was so much more to fight for from Everton’s point of view. They had to win, and Chelsea didn’t, which showed. Everton’s aggressive pressing was eventually rewarded a minute into the second half when Richarlison dispossessed Cesar Azpilicueta, and the Brazil international, who recently signed for Tottenham, slotted the ball past Edouard Mendy. Chelsea never really threatened the Everton goal and were unable to find a leveller on the day.
The German coach blamed Chelsea’s defensive problems for the defeat and refused to be drawn on their woes in an attacking sense. “No [there’s no clear way to stop the individual mistakes]. What can I do?” Tuchel asked. “The ball is free, then give a goal away. It is the worst thing that can happen to you in this atmosphere and situation. “It happens too often, and we struggle to play without the big mistakes. That’s why we struggle to have results.” Tuchel added: “If there is something I can do, I will try it, but if I knew about it, I would have done it before. I think, for me, the key is to have a clean sheet. Manchester United [1-1 at Old Trafford] was a different game, more open, fluid, and more spaces, and we finally scored late and conceded straight away.
“For me, this is more like the game against West Ham. The opponent defends deep, we struggled to find space in the first-half, but against West Ham, we had a clean sheet and played without any big mistakes. That gives us the chance to score late. If you run behind against an opponent like this, in this atmosphere and install emotion and belief in a stadium like this and the opponent’s team, you struggle.” It was a defensive error that handed Everton the win. This is something Chelsea really struggled with, especially in the second half of the 2021/22 season. Thomas Tuchel will be desperate to avoid similar issues when the new season begins on Saturday – yes, it’s game week!
Everton will be looking to improve on what was a hugely difficult 2021-22 campaign in the coming season, with the team finishing 16th in the Premier League table, just four points above the relegation zone, as they faced the prospect of dropping into the second tier of English football.
The Toffees remain one of six English clubs to have never been relegated from the Premier League, but they had been picked out as possible European challengers last term, and the only real positive was that they managed to finish above the bottom three, with Frank Lampard helping to secure survival after being appointed in January.
NAME: Everton – Chelsea
DATE: 6 Aug 2022
TIME: 16:30 UTC
VENUE: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
One of the most intriguing fixtures on the opening weekend of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign will take place at Goodison Park on Saturday, as Everton welcome Chelsea in the late start.
The Toffees finished down in 16th position last season, only narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship, while Chelsea were third, five points clear of fifth-place Arsenal in the battle for the Champions League spot