After a Jorginho penalty at the end of the first half, Chelsea took their first win at Goodison Park in five visits, but Everton failed to start a new match, ending the day with a defeat and a double injury.
Verton’s Premier League campaign was barely 10 minutes old when Ben Godfrey was carried away on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital with a serious shin problem, and was followed out of Park End in the second half by an injury-prone center. back Yerry Mina.
Chelsea were not immune to the curse, with debutant Kalidou Koulibaly also limping in the last 15 minutes, but he played his part in a 1-0 win, ensuring the hosts were kept at arm’s length for a long time.
Each team started without a recognized striker – rookies Raheem Sterling and Anthony Gordon for hosts nominally filling roles – and both sides still have work to do in this area.
Chelsea are still looking for someone to fill the vacancy left by Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan, but Everton’s need is even more acute as they need cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has been out for about six weeks after missing much of last season due to injury. , and secure the threat once posed by the now-deceased Richarlison.
As a result, goals were probably prioritized and the first one was especially important, so once Jorginho scored from the spot, the visitors were in a strong position.
Everton did present a problem in the second half, but they simply failed to make a breakthrough, something they had struggled with for most of the previous campaign.
The new season at Goodison began just as the old one had ended. The coaches arrived through a plume of blue smoke, and the old stadium bounced before kick-off with memories of escaping relegation in the penultimate game, seemingly in the distant past.
Everton made their debut with former Burnley duo James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil, while January signing Nathan Patterson made his first Premier League appearance since injury.
But their bad luck soon materialized when Godfrey was carried away on a stretcher after Kai Havertz had to face an unnecessary scuffle.
A wayward pass from a defender crossed the line for about a yard, but Jordan Pickford pulled him back onto the field and with the assistant referee at play, Godfrey attacked back to dispossess the Chelsea striker, but injured himself in the process.
After an eight-minute delay, the centre-back was taken straight to the waiting ambulance.
Tarkowski was the first to threaten with his header in the 24th minute, but Eduard Mendy knocked him over.
But with little going on on the pitch, there was a flurry of excitement on the pitch as expected £33m Toffee signer Amadou Onana arrived to take his seat in the directors’ box shortly before half-time and the Lille midfielder underwent a medical examination. earlier in the day.
Sterling put the ball into the net from Pickford’s save with a rebound, but got offside, but seconds before half-time, Jorginho converted a penalty after Abdoulaye Ducour knocked down Ben Chilwell.
Demarai Gray’s shot went wide of Thiago Silva early in the second half, isolating the experienced centre-back before Dele Alli replaced McNeil and became center forward for an hour.
But attacking play has begun to falter and Mina’s injury has exacerbated the problems that former Chelsea midfielder and manager Frank Lampard has to deal with as he seeks to make the improvements he needs to avoid another relegation battle.
Lampard’s replacement at Stamford Bridge, Thomas Tuchel, who made his bench debut with defender Mark Cucurella just over 24 hours after his £60m move from Brighton, also needs to work on getting his undercooked side hardened.