Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Stamford Bridge did not go to plan as Everton conceded four to a Chelsea side whose combinations outwitted Everton’s 4-4-2 mid-block.
Goalkeeper Kepa regained a Premier League starting place having played in Chelsea’s FA Cup win against Liverpool. Marcos Alonso had licence to get forward from left-back and Frank Lampard opted for a midfield three of Ross Barkley, Billy Gilmour who impressed in a deeper midfield role against Liverpool and Mason Mount.
Everton again set up in a 4-4-2 this time with a wide pairing of Bernard who is arguably better on the left than on the right and Gylfi Sigurdsson who is certainly not best suited to a wide role. Both was nominally out on the flanks but had licence to drift infield whilst the full-backs overlapped.