Jorginho scored the only goal in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over old friend Frank Lampard and Everton on Saturday at Goodison Park.
The Italian sent his penalty into the net after Ben Chilwell had won the spot-kick, and Thomas Tuchel’s side then settled on a plan to hold on to a lead and counter-attack.
It almost backfired, but Everton’s absentees Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Salomon Rondon combined with Richarlison’s exit to leave the Toffees without a real finisher.
Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly were both strong in their debuts for Chelsea, while Everton’s star was also a debutant in Dwight McNeil.
What we learned from Everton against Chelsea
Careless fouls eventually burn Everton as Chelsea keep knocking on
Everton were lucky to avoid a penalty when Raheem Sterling looked to be bundled into the box, but was instead whistled for stooping over the ball once.
That wasn’t the case in first-half stoppage time, when Abdoulaye Doucoure picked out Ben Chilwell on Kalidou Koulibaly’s 18th-half throw-in. Jorginho stepped up to the spot and curled a penalty inside the post to give Chelsea a deserved first-half lead.
Godfrey injury starts Everton season with woes
Jordan Pickford could not save a miscue that went over the back line, but the assistant referee failed to spot it and Kai Havertz instead grabbed the loose ball and was only stopped from a shot on goal by Ben Godfrey’s fierce sliding challenge.
Godfrey came off much worse, however, as a stretcher was immediately called for and Mason Holgate, who was playing well enough, was brought on. A Toffees team without depth will not be in good shape without Godfrey for an extended period.
Pulisic as 25-minute substitute
USMNT winger Christian Pulisic came on in the 65th minute for Mason Mount. He didn’t see much of the ball in the first dozen minutes of his substitution as Everton searched for an equaliser. Not much = Two touches between the 65th and 79th minutes.