5 Things Learned: Everton 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea won their opening match of the Premier League season by winning 1-0 at Everton.

Jorginho’s penalty was enough to seal the three points at Goodison Park, scoring from the spot after Ben Chilwell was fouled in the box.

It wasn’t easy for Thomas Tuchel’s men, threatened by their hosts numerous times throughout the game, but they quickly got the result they wanted.

Jorginho scoring his penalty for Chelsea against Everton. (Chelsea FC)

1) Corners should be worked in practice

Chelsea had 13 corners in the first half of the game and despite continued pressure on their hosts, they failed to make the most of their chances. The Blues possess a strong aerial presence, particularly with Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly, and using their size could help them score more goals this season.

2) Jorginho is still a reliable penalty taker

Deep in stoppage time, Chelsea were awarded a penalty for a foul on Chilwell. These situations always bring immense pressure on anyone, but Jorginho has proven once again that he is the man to convert on the spot. The Italy international had to wait longer than usual to take it, with Yerry Mina shown a yellow card for delaying the kick, but was calm enough to send Jordan Pickford the wrong way.

3) Rahim Sterling will be key this season

From the start, Sterling was impressive on his competitive debut for the Blues. The 27-year-old was full of energy and pace up front, and did well in getting out of tight spots when Everton defenders closed in on him. He thought he had scored in the first half, but the England international was correctly denied by the offside flag.

Raheem Sterling on the ball for Chelsea against Everton.  (Chelsea FC)
Raheem Sterling on the ball for Chelsea against Everton. (Chelsea FC)

4) Kalidou Koulibaly well settled

Koulibaly arrived as Chelsea’s first defensive signing this summer, and it didn’t take long for him to settle into the team. In the first half, he won all his tackles and completed all the dribbles he made, while providing the ball deep to Ben Chilwell, who then won the penalty at the stroke of half time. He was replaced with a cramp, suggesting the Premier League will take some getting used to, but it was a solid performance overall.

5) Mark Impressive Cucurella in limited action

Cucurella only signed for the Brighton Blues on Friday afternoon, but he quickly played his first minutes for the club. He entered with around 15 minutes left, inserting a left-back. The Spaniard nearly provided an assist on his debut but Sterling’s shot was blocked inside the box. It might take some time for him to mingle with his new teammates, but he showed good energy in his brief appearance.

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