Chelsea continues to maintain their unbeaten run of games under newly appointed manager, Thomas Tuchel, as Everton became their newest casualty after a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
In a crucial contest in the race for Champions League qualification, Kai Havertz who was among the five changes made to the starting line up that won against Liverpool made decisive contributions in either half as Chelsea proved a cut above their resurgent top-four rivals.
Havertz’s deflected shot ended up in the back of the net to give Chelsea the lead in the 31st-minute of the game, likewise, the German was involved in the Blues second of the night after he won the second-half penalty off Jordan Pickford thereby handing Jorginho the opportunity to double the hosts’ lead from the spot.
The win becomes Tuchel’s eighth victory as Chelsea manager and it extends his unbeaten start to 11 games. The Blues have now opened up a four-point lead over fifth-placed Everton, who saw their three-game winning run end with a whimper in the capital.
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Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)
- 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).
- 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.