The sign of a great team is their ability to make the tough games look easy, and in the space of six minutes, Chelsea took the game by the scruff of the neck and turned what should have been a difficult match on paper, into a relative cakewalk. Diego Costa beat the offside trap brilliantly to net inside 40 seconds, before Branislav Ivanovic netted Chelsea’s second shortly after. Everton would have welcomed the Blues to Goodison Park expecting to make it a tough match for the visitors but had their entire plans unravelled in a matter of minutes. Credit to Everton, they worked their way back into the match seemed to gain confidence as they went on in the first half, even managing to pull a goal back just before the break through Kevin Mirallas. As has often become the case, though, during Jose Mourinho’s tenure, Chelsea are great front-runners, and looked in cruise control with their advantage.
The typical Mourinho mind games set the match up brilliantly after commenting that striker Costa would probably be out ‘”for four to six weeks” but was named in the starting XI for this match. He showed there was no sign of a fitness battle as he pounced on a chance in under a minute and could have doubled it had his effort not hit the post after rounding Everton stopper Tim Howard. The Spaniard has had a prolific start to his Chelsea career and looked as sharp as ever, causing the Everton back four problems from the outset. Now with Fernando Torres’s move to AC Milan, there will be more focus than ever on Costa to fire Mourinho’s men to Premier League glory.
Better teams than Everton have gone two goals down inside six minutes and have crumpled to concede four, five or maybe six goals. This Everton side though, in front of an optimistic Goodison Park faithful showed industry and determination to stay in the match after their horror start. Even when Seamus Coleman sent an unfortunate deflection into his own net with just over 20 minutes left to seemingly put the match beyond doubt, the home side reacted immediately through Steven Naismith to keep the deficit at just one goal. It was only when Nemanja Matic finished well from the edge of the area that Everton’s hopes had been dashed, until former Chelsea man Samuel Eto’o came off the bench to pull one back for his new club. Chelsea just had enough to finish of a resilient Everton side.
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