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Premier League: 3 Things We Learned as Everton Beat Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park

Just two days after they sacked Marco Silva, Everton looked a shadow of their former selves as they downed Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Richarlison opened the scoring for the Toffees, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice as caretaker manager and club legend, Duncan Ferguson got off to a flying start in his first game in charge.

Mateo Kovacic pulled one back for Chelsea, but Frank Lampard’s men paled in comparison to the fight and determination the Evertonians showed.

Here are 3 things we learned as Everton ran out 3-1 winners against Chelsea

3. Everton Rediscover Their Mojo

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Whether it was a new manager bounce or Everton simply wanting revenge after the midweek 5-2 loss to Liverpool, the Toffees were in fine form as they took on Chelsea. The home side started ferociously – by far the most threatening they’ve looked all season at the Goodison yet.

The fans were the loudest they’ve been, the caretaker manager looked sharp and slick on the sidelines, and the team was hungry for a win. Even when Chelsea pushed them in the second half, they didn’t back down. It almost makes you wonder where this team was during the early part of the season.

2. Chelsea Need to Improve Their Away Form

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

The Blues unlocked their 50-goal tally to the Frank Lampard era, but they’ve been far from clinical of late. Just eight of those goals have come in the last six fixtures, with the team firing two blanks in their last three encounters. 

Before Saturday, Chelsea had claimed five wins and lost twice on the road. Lampard’s men have not kept a single clean sheet away from home, and have conceded 17 goals on the road. Chelsea’s vulnerability in defence is putting them on the back foot in games and, while they are superb going forward, there is only so many times their attackers can bail them out.

1. Lampard Failed to Adapt

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Just when it looked like Chelsea had found their feet and Lampard was the man to lead them to a top-four finish, the Blues are on the brink of suffering another lapse in form. They’ve lost three of their last four Premier League matches, and with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham breathing down their necks, they can’t afford to miss a beat.

It was a bad at the office for Lampard and his men, but he needs to make sure they bounce back quickly. Chelsea host Bournemouth at home next week, and travel to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium three days before Christmas.

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