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Chelsea 0-0 Everton: Blues must 'sort out approach', says Maurizio Sarri

By Kris HollandBBC Sport
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri 'happy' with second-half performance

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says his side need to "sort out the problem" of how they "approach" games after they were held to a scrappy goalless draw by Everton.

Sarri's Blues had the better chances at Stamford Bridge but missed the opportunity to briefly return to the top of the Premier League.

"I think we have to sort out the problem of the approach of the match," said Sarri. "Because in the last two or three matches we haven't been approaching the games right.

"At the beginning we moved the ball too slowly, so it is easy for the opposition to defend and impossible for us to be dangerous."

However, the result means Chelsea have now stayed unbeaten in their opening 12 top-flight games for only the second time in their history.

It also secured a small piece of history for Sarri himself, who has become the first Premier League manager to avoid defeat in their first dozen games.

A fractious first half resulted in five yellow cards - including one for Jorginho after a reckless challenge on Gylfi Sigurdsson - while Antonio Rudiger and Bernard were booked following an off-the-ball flashpoint between the pair.

And in what was at times a subdued and disjointed game, the clearest chances fell to Marcos Alonso, who saw a volley saved by Pickford, before hitting the post late on.

After leaders Manchester City won Sunday's Manchester derby, Chelsea are third in the table - four points off top spot and two points behind Liverpool, who beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield.

Everton remain in ninth, but played their part in west London, with Icelandic playmaker Sigurdsson forcing a smart save from Kepa Arrizabalaga on the hour.

However, their wait for a Premier League win at Chelsea now extends to 24 matches over as many years.

Chelsea, who were armed with the fit-again Eden Hazard in their starting XI, introduced ex-Everton midfielder Ross Barkley from the bench for the closing stages.

But he was ultimately unable to make a telling impact in his 10 minutes or so on the pitch as the match fizzled out to a stalemate.

History on Chelsea's side in title push?

Jordan Pickford of Everton
The only other time Chelsea stayed unbeaten in their opening 12 top-flight games was 2014-15 - when they won the title

Sarri's Blues seemed subdued when the game got under way and took time to find their stride, even with the lift of Hazard's return.

Prior to the latest round of matches, no player had been involved in more Premier League goals this season than the Belgian, who has scored seven and had four assists.

In one of his and Chelsea's brightest moments of the match - straight from the start of the second half - he was unlucky to not add to that tally when Morata squeezed between Everton's central defenders to connect with Hazard's cross, only for Pickford to save.

On balance, the hosts can probably feel these are two points dropped, but perhaps they can take some comfort in maintaining their unbeaten record.

The last time they avoided defeat in their first 12 Premier League games was in 2014-15 - when they went on to lift the title.

Everton building momentum

Marco Silva's Merseysiders will not be unhappy with their afternoon's work, and go into this month's international break having lost just one of their last six league games.

Silva will also surely be pleased with the performance of Colombian summer signing Yerry Mina on his full debut.

The £27m man came into the side for loanee Kurt Zouma, who was ineligible to play against his parent club, and marshalled the visitors' defence with the poise of a player making his 100th start.

And while Pickford's efforts in goal were impressive and worthy of special praise, Everton were not sliced apart by Sarri's title hopefuls, with impressive showings across their back-line.

Silva's side could even have snatched all three points to end a 28-year wait for a win at Stamford Bridge when Bernard was played in a little more than six yards from goal, only to stumble and mis-hit his effort.

'They didn't cut us open' - what they said

Everton manager Marco Silva:

Result shows we are 'growing' as a team - Everton boss Marco Silva

Everton defender Michael Keane:

"I think we played good football and created some problems for them, it's definitely something we can build on.

"I think we stayed organised and kept our shape. We know when to press because they have got a lot of good runners but we won a lot of our 50/50s. We deserved the point.

"Jordan Pickford made a few good saves but they didn't cut us open. It is down to the training and it is down to the talking and the organisation on the pitch."

Man of the match - Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Jordan Pickford of Everton
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made four saves at Stamford Bridge, acrobatically denying Marcos Alonso and Alvaro Morata

Sarri sets a record - the stats

  • Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has become the first manager in Premier League history to remain unbeaten in his first 12 games in the competition (W8 D4 L0), overtaking former Nottingham Forest manager Frank Clark's previous record of 11 games, set in 1994.
  • Chelsea and Everton have now played out eight goalless draws in the Premier League. Only Everton v Liverpool (nine) has seen more in the competition's history.
  • Everton are now winless in their last 24 Premier League visits to Chelsea (D11 L13), their second longest run without a win away at any opponent in the league after a 36-game streak at Leeds United between 1953 and 2001.
  • This was Chelsea 21st Premier League clean sheet against Everton. They have not managed more against any other opponent in the competition (also 21 v Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur).
  • This was Everton manager Marco Silva's first goalless draw in the Premier League since August 2017, when he was in charge of Watford against Brighton.
Chelsea minute's silence
A minute’s silence to mark Remembrance Sunday - exactly 100 years since the end of World War One - preceded kick-off, as serving members of the Armed Forces joined Chelsea Pensioners and players on the pitch

What's next?

After the international break, Chelsea return to Premier League action with a trip to Wembley to face Tottenham on Saturday, 24 November (17:30 GMT). Earlier that day, Everton will host Cardiff City at Goodison Park (15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 45mins
  • 30David Luiz
  • 3Alonso
  • 7KantéBooked at 33mins
  • 5JorginhoBooked at 28minsSubstituted forFàbregasat 64'minutes
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forBarkleyat 82'minutes
  • 22WillianSubstituted forPedroat 68'minutes
  • 29MorataBooked at 87mins
  • 10E Hazard

Substitutes

  • 4Fàbregas
  • 8Barkley
  • 11Pedro
  • 13Caballero
  • 18Giroud
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 27Christensen

Everton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1PickfordBooked at 73mins
  • 23Coleman
  • 4Keane
  • 13MinaBooked at 22mins
  • 12Digne
  • 8André Gomes
  • 17Gueye
  • 11Walcott
  • 10G SigurdssonSubstituted forJagielkaat 76'minutes
  • 20BernardBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLookmanat 64'minutes
  • 30RicharlisonSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Baines
  • 6Jagielka
  • 14Tosun
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 26Davies
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 31Lookman
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
40,345

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 0, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 0, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

  4. Post update

    Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by André Gomes (Everton).

  6. Post update

    Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).

  7. Post update

    Ademola Lookman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Ross Barkley tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Antonio Rüdiger tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Richarlison because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Richarlison (Everton) because of an injury.

  13. Booking

    Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Álvaro Morata (Chelsea).

  15. Post update

    Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

  17. Post update

    Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Ross Barkley replaces Mateo Kovacic.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

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