The response of Graham Potter on the sidelines after Everton scored a goal conveys a significant message, while Chelsea fails to secure points.
The response of Graham Potter on the sideline after Everton scored a goal speaks volumes, especially as Chelsea was unable to secure a win and ended up with a 2-2 draw, despite putting up a commendable performance.
Chelsea may be relieved that Graham Potter is no longer under pressure, but there is a pressing decision to be made regarding the future of Mason Mount.
There have been rumors suggesting that the attacking midfielder is considering a move away from Stamford Bridge, which could be a significant loss for the team.
Potter would also be disappointed by the possibility of Mount leaving, especially after his team conceded a late goal and ended up with only one point in the 2-2 draw against Everton.
During the first half, Chelsea displayed dominance and executed some impressive moves, showcasing the emergence of ‘Potterball’ on their home turf. In the second half, after seven minutes, Felix’s persistence paid off as his low sweeping shot hit the bottom corner of the net via the far post. He almost assisted Christian Pulisic for another goal, but the linesman correctly raised his flag for offside.
After conceding, Everton responded well and managed to equalize through Abdoulaye Doucoure’s header from James Tarkowski’s cross. Despite this setback, Chelsea continued to push forward and were rewarded with a penalty when Tarkowski tripped Reece James inside the box. Kai Havertz successfully converted the penalty by sending Jordan Pickford the wrong way. However, Chelsea’s defense was caught off-guard, and Ellis Simms managed to equalize again for Everton.
After the disappointing result, there were mixed reactions from Potter and the players, with some performing well and others failing to impress.
Potter’s disappointment was evident, indicating that his team had missed a great opportunity to reduce the gap with the top four. The 47-year-old may have felt responsible for the outcome, as some of his decisions during the match may have backfired.
Potter’s team was in control of the match until he decided to make substitutions for Mateo Kovacic and Wesley Fofana. After the changes, Everton sensed an opportunity and began to put pressure on the Chelsea defense, eventually resulting in the 2-2 draw with Simms scoring a late goal.
Potter’s tendency to make frequent changes to his team has drawn criticism, and in this case, the decision to make all five substitutions may not have been necessary as his team did not appear to be fatigued. Potter’s demeanor was crestfallen when Everton scored, and now it falls upon him to motivate and prepare his team for the upcoming matches following the international break.
Havertz delivered another outstanding performance, although he played a slightly different role from his usual position, he still maintained the high standards that Potter has come to expect.
Chelsea may be wondering why it took so long for this version of the German to appear, especially after he went 12 games without scoring. However, he has now scored three goals in a row, a feat he last accomplished in March 2022.
Some have questioned whether Chelsea needs to sign a proper No 9 to lead their attack, but Potter appears to favor the fluidity and interchangeability provided by Havertz and Felix.
Havertz was instrumental in creating everything for Chelsea, using his accurate passes and clever flicks. He seems to have regained his confidence after a difficult period, and if he maintains this form until the end of the season, any questions about his future at Chelsea will likely subside.
Enzo Fernandez has proved his worth to Chelsea, despite criticism of the club’s £107 million fee for the Argentine midfielder. Since joining from Benfica, the 22-year-old has become a crucial part of Potter’s side and has completely transformed the way they play.
In the recent game against Everton, he was unplayable in the first half, slipping passes through the lines and supplying Reece James out wide. Although he hasn’t scored goals as such, his performances have demonstrated that Chelsea made the right decision in signing him. Meanwhile, left-back Ben Chilwell has become the clear option for Potter ahead of £62m man Marc Cucurella, showing his willingness to bomb down the left flank and causing problems for the Everton defense. Although his long-term fitness has been in doubt due to two serious injuries, he is in the form of his life and is a valuable creative asset for Chelsea.
Koulibaly error For much of the game, Koulibaly was solid as a rock. But when Potter brought off his partner in crime Wesley Fofana, the Senegalese looked shaky and was found wanting for the goal scored by Simms.
The centre-back got caught on the wrong side as the youngster slid underneath Kepa Arrizabalaga, who should have done better to stop the effort. And the 32-year-old, who has been improving in recent weeks in the back three, will be disappointed at his failure to stop Simms late on as Chelsea dropped two vital points.