Chelsea’s top four hopes suffered a hammer blow as Everton produced a trans-formative second-half performance to earn a 2-0 win at Goodison Park.
With none of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham in Premier League action this weekend, this was Chelsea’s crucial game in hand, and they dominated the first half against a tepid home side.
However, goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson after the break secured victory for Marco Silva’s men, leaving Chelsea in sixth, three points adrift of the final Champions League spot, with trips to Old Trafford and Anfield still to come.
Silva made two changes to the XI that suffered a stunning comeback loss at Newcastle last weekend, with Yerry Mina and Seamus Coleman returning to strengthen the backline.
Despite his Europa League hat-trick in midweek, Olivier Giroud was dropped to the bench with Gonzalo Higuain leading the Chelsea attack, while Ross Barkley started against his former side and was given a predictably hostile reception.