Ben Godfrey
Ben Godfrey’s own goal was the first time Everton had conceded in four matches

Chelsea scored a goal in each half to see off top-four rivals Everton and maintain Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start as Blues boss.

The hosts took the lead when Kai Havertz’s shot took a big deflection off Toffees defender Ben Godfrey.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a fine save to deny Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso and Havertz thought he had scored, but had handled the ball before finishing.

However, the hosts doubled their lead through a Jorginho penalty after Pickford brought down the impressive Havertz.

With 10 league games of the season left, Chelsea remain fourth and in the last Champions League qualifying spot, only three points behind third-placed Leicester and four adrift of Manchester United in second.

Crucially, this victory takes the Blues four points clear of Everton in fifth and Carlo Ancelotti’s side – who have a game in hand over Chelsea – will drop to sixth if West Ham avoid defeat against Leeds in Monday’s late game.

Chelsea have not been beaten since a 2-0 loss at Leicester in Frank Lampard’s penultimate game as manager on 19 January, with Tuchel yet to suffer defeat in 11 matches in charge.

Chelsea revival continues with routine win

Chelsea have played in the Champions League in 15 of the past 17 campaigns, but were ninth in the Premier League, and five points off the top four, when they sacked Lampard in January.

Tuchel has transformed their fortunes. This victory means they have won six and drawn three of his nine league games in charge, as well as winning games in the FA Cup and Champions League.

The German, who guided Paris St-Germain to the Champions League final in 2019-20, made five changes from the side that won 1-0 at Liverpool on Thursday and saw his team dominate possession.

Jorginho twice volleyed wide from outside the area before they went ahead on 31 minutes.

Alonso fired in a low cross from the left and Havertz flicked the ball on, but it took a big deflection off Godfrey to leave Pickford with no chance.

Havertz thought he had scored only his second Premier League goal since a £71m summer move from Bayer Leverkusen when he collected Callum Hudson-Odoi’s chipped pass and fired past Pickford early in the second half.

However, the goal was ruled out as referee David Coote judged the German had handled the ball, with video assistant referee Michael Oliver confirming the on-field decision.

But it became 2-0 soon after when Jorginho scored his seventh goal of the season with a calmly taken penalty as Chelsea completed a routine win.

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Chelsea

  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  3. Squad number4Player nameChristensen

  4. Squad number15Player nameZouma

  5. Squad number24Player nameJames

  6. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  7. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

  8. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

  9. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  10. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  11. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  1. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  2. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  3. Squad number19Player nameMount

Everton

  1. Squad number1Player namePickford

  2. Squad number4Player nameHolgate

  3. Squad number5Player nameKeane

  4. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

  5. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

  6. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes

  7. Squad number6Player nameAllan

  8. Squad number12Player nameDigne

  9. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson

  10. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

  11. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison

  1. Squad number11Player nameKing

  2. Squad number20Player nameBernard

  3. Squad number26Player nameDavies

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Christensen
  • 15Zouma
  • 24James
  • 5Jorginho
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forKantéat 80′minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 11WernerSubstituted forPulisicat 90′minutes
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forMountat 66′minutes
  • 29Havertz

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 7Kanté
  • 10Pulisic
  • 18Giroud
  • 19Mount
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech

Everton

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 4HolgateBooked at 17mins
  • 5Keane
  • 22Godfrey
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forDaviesat 56′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forBernardat 76′minutes
  • 6Allan
  • 12DigneBooked at 50mins
  • 10G SigurdssonSubstituted forKingat 70′minutes
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 7Richarlison

Substitutes

  • 11King
  • 18Nkounkou
  • 20Bernard
  • 26Davies
  • 31Neves Virgínia
  • 34Broadhead
  • 48John
  • 53Tyrer
  • 62Onyango

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