Tuchel’s Chelsea proving they are as relentless as Blues under Conte

There is no stopping Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel right now.

Not since they won the title under Antonio Conte have the Blues looked this relentless.

An own goal from Ben Godfrey and a penalty from Jorginho were all it took to send Everton packing.

And Chelsea are now unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions, with Tuchel making a little slice of history.

The German became the first coach ever to manage a team to five straight clean sheets in his first five home games in the Premier League.

Whatever he’s doing, it’s working. Chelsea climbed into the top four and struck a major blow to one of their rivals for a Champions League spot in the process.

Everton have not won a league game here since 1994, but this was their first defeat on the road since November 1.

And when Godfrey deflected in a wayward shot from Kai Havertz, who also won the penalty, it was the first goal the Toffees had conceded in 314 minutes of football.

Everton were wasteful when they did threaten, but they didn’t threaten nearly enough, and only one side looked Champions League-ready here.

Tuchel took Paris St-Germain to their first-ever final last season. He will be happy just to get Chelsea back in the competition this time now.

But you wouldn’t bet against him with the Blues in this kind of form.

Tuchel made a risky move with his line-up, benching N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount, who have been Chelsea’s best players for weeks.

But his decision to play Kai Havertz as a false nine ended up paying dividends.

It allowed Chelsea to dominate possession, but the home side didn’t do much with it until an Everton mistake let them in.

Mason Holgate stepped up at the wrong moment and couldn’t recover, allowing Hudson-Odoi, who turned Andre Gomes too easily, to feed Marcos Alonso.

He picked out Havertz in the box but the German didn’t catch it cleanly and it was heading wide until the unlucky Godfrey deflected it in.

Gylfi Sigurdsson played Richarlison clean through shortly afterwards for Everton but he took a bad touch, allowing Andreas Christensen to recover and nick it away.

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  • Jordan Pickford made a big save to deny Alonso before the half was over to keep the visitors in it.

    But it was ominous for the Toffees as you had to go back to 2018 to find a league game Chelsea had lost after leading at the break.

    Havertz thought he had scored a second at the start of the second half but controlled it with his arm and the goal was ruled out.

    Richarlison should have done better when Sigurdsson played him in only for the Brazil striker to take another bad shot and slice a good chance wide

    Pickford then denied Hudson-Odoi with a flying save but the England keeper then brought down Havertz to concede a penalty which Jorginho scored.

    After that the game was up for Everton, with Pickford making good saves from Werner and N’Golo Kante.

    Their challenge is not over as they have winnable games coming up against Burnley, Crystal Palace and Brighton. But Chelsea look a cut above right now.

    Chelsea (3-4-3):Mendy 6; Azpilicueta 6, Christensen 7, Zouma 7; James 7, Jorginho 7, Kovacic 6 (Kante 77), ALONSO 8; Werner 6 (Pulisic 90), Havertz 7, Hudson-Odoi 7 (Mount 65, 6). Subs: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Silva, Mount, Chilwell, Pulisic, Giroud, Ziyech.

    Everton (3-4-1-2):PICKFORD 7; Holgate 5, Godfrey 6, Keane 6; Iwobi 5 (Davies 56, 6) Gomes 6 (Bernard 75), Allan 6, Digne 6; Sigurdsson 7 (King 69, 6); Richarlison 4; Calvert-Lewin 6. Subs: Virginia, Tyrer, Nkounkou, Bernard, Broadhead, Onyango, John.

    Referee:David Coote 6

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