Double Injury Blows Compound Everton’s Defeat as Jorginho Keeps Calm to Give Chelsea Winning Start

Jorginho’s first-half penalty saw Chelsea claim their first win in five rounds at Goodison Park, but there was no fresh start for Everton, who ended the day with a loss and a double injury blow.

Vartan’s Premier League campaign was barely 10 minutes away when Ben Godfrey was carried on a stretcher and taken to hospital with a seemingly serious lower leg problem and a second-half injury center exit from Park End. He was followed after- back to Yeri Meena.

Chelsea were not untouched by the curse as debutant Kalidou Koulibaly also went limp in the final 15 minutes but played his part in the 1-0 win and ensured the hosts were kept at arm’s length for long.

Each team started without a recognized striker – new signings for the hosts Raheem Sterling and Anthony Gordon, playing nominal roles – and are traded in that area for both sides.

Chelsea are still looking for someone to fill the vacancy left after Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan, but Everton’s need is even more desperate as they need cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Joe was sidelined for nearly six weeks last season after largely missing out on injury. , and now to provide the danger once posed by the late Richarlison

The resulting goal was likely to be at a premium and the first was particularly important so once Jorginho got home from that spot the visitors put themselves in a strong position.

Everton presented a challenge in the second half, but they could not achieve success – something they struggled with for the bulk of the previous campaign.

The new season at Goodison had begun as soon as the old one ended. The coach rushed through a plume of blue smoke and the old ground bouncing up before kick-off, with memories of his game in the distant past seemingly to avoid relegation.

Everton debuted former Burnley pair of James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeill, while Nathan Patterson made his first Premier League debut after injury in January.

But his misfortune did not take long to complete after Godfrey was carried on a stretcher, an unnecessary tackle on Kai Havertz.

The defender’s wayward backpass crossed the byline by almost a yard but Jordan Pickford pulled him back into the field and Godfrey, with the assistant referee at the back of the game, accused Chelsea of ​​ousting the front, but himself in the process. got injured.

After an eight-minute delay, the centre-back was taken straight to a waiting ambulance.

Tarkowski was the first to have his 24th-minute header tipped by Edouard Mendy.

But with little on the pitch there was a wave of excitement when Toffees’ new £33m signing Amadou Onana arrived just before half-time to take his seat in the directors’ box, having had a therapy with the Lille midfielder the day before. at the beginning of.

Sterling had the ball in the net from Pickford’s rebound save but was flagged, but seconds before the interval Jorginho scored a penalty after Ben Chilwell was pulled by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Demarai Gray’s shot deflected Thiago Silva’s side early in the second half, before Dele Alli replaced McNeil and took over as central attacker in time.

But the attacking game began to fade and Mina’s injury added to the problems for former Chelsea midfielder and manager Frank Lampard, as he tries to make the necessary improvements to avoid another relegation fight.

Lampard’s replacement at Stamford Bridge Thomas Tuchel, who made his debut defender Mark Cucurella off the bench just 24 hours after his £60m move from Brighton, also has to work to jail his under-cooked side.