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“Chelsea are back” – Three things learnt from Chelsea 2-0 Everton

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Chelsea welcomed Everton to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon looking for their first home win of the season against a side who have proven their credentials after only just being held to a draw by Manchester City.

On this occasion though, the visitors could not compete with the quality of the Blues and they dominated Ronald Koeman’s side. Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring after a clever move with Alvaro Morata saw him poke the ball beyond Jordan Pickford, and from that moment on there was little chance of a recovery from the Toffees.

Morata added a second with a flicked header and from that moment on it was game over. Chelsea continued to boss the tie, with Everton putting up very little in the way of a fight.

Here are three things that The Boot Room learnt from the game…

Chelsea are back

The Blues were dominant from start to finish and had the kind of attacking swagger that was characteristic of their play last season. In the first few weeks of the season, that had all but vanished, but following on from victory over Tottenham last weekend, it was back in abundance at Stamford Bridge.

Solid at the back and dominant in midfield, Chelsea did not allow Everton to look in control for a single second. That restricted the away side to long balls forward in the hope of breaking down the hosts and they were largely unsuccessful in causing any kind of danger against the Blues who held out for an easy win.

Everton are just too defensive and too slow to react

Ronald Koeman may argue that his system is more of a 3-5-2 than a 5-3-2, but he would be one of few to argue that Mason Holgate and Leighton Baines are out and out wing-backs. Both are more defensively minded and struggled with the attacking side of their roles, Baines in particular lacking the pace to bomb down the wings.

With two holding midfielders on the field too, it left the Toffees struggling to find a way through after going behind. Even when Koeman made a change at half-time, he merely swapped two holding midfielders. It wasn’t until the 83rd minute when he really looked to be going for a goal with the introduction of Aaron Lennon in place of Phil Jagielka.

Alvaro Morata proved the doubters wrong

After an anonymous display against Tottenham in which almost his only involvement was to miss a sitter, Morata upped his game massively against Everton on Sunday. He was at the heart of everything that Chelsea did when they looked to break through an overcrowded Everton defence.

Setting up Cesc Fabregas to score with a smart assist in a neat one-two move, he added the second goal himself with a perfectly weighted header after a delightful cross from Cesar Azpilicueta. That took his tally to two goals and two assists from three games for Chelsea, an impressive return.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Newcastle United can do better than Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham this summer

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Rafa Benitez will have been disappointed to have seen his January signing of Islam Slimani end in complete and utter failure with the Leicester City loanee spending more time in the stands than on the pitch and now he is focused on bringing in an improvement to St. James’ Park for 2018/19, but Tammy Abraham is not the answer.

TEAMTalk say that the Spaniard may return to the striker, who was strongly linked with a move to the north-east last summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

On that occasion, the report indicated that a deal could not be agreed to satisfy Chelsea, but having struck a deal for Kenedy since then the relationship between the two parties may be better and make a move for Abraham smoother.

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Then, Abraham was hot property having set the Championship alight with Bristol City, but his loan spell at Swansea has been less convincing. Having scored just five goals and registered three assists in 39 appearances for the Swans, Abraham has made only two Premier League starts in 2018 as doubts continue to emerge about his ability at this level.

What is clear is that he is not ready to walk into Newcastle and be the solution that Benitez needs. In part, that is because Abraham would not be an alternative to the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, impressing in the second tier himself now, or Slimani, given that whilst he is tall and physical, his game is about much more than simply being a target man.

The Newcastle boss is clearly looking for a way to add goals to his team, but Abraham, whilst promising, may not be ready for such pressure after a frustrating season in difficult circumstances in south Wales and would be a cheap gamble if Newcastle were to opt for him as their main addition up-front.

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Isaac Christie-Davies joining Liverpool highlights Anfield as the ideal platform for youngsters

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Liverpool are set to sign Chelsea midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies on a free transfer, according to reports from ESPN.

The 20-year-old talent was not offered a new contract by Chelsea and the Reds swooped in earlier this year to offer him a trial ahead of other interested clubs.

If the move goes through, Christie-Davies will become the second young player, after Dominic Solanke, to join the Reds from Chelsea in just two years.

Davies joined Chelsea’s academy from Brighton and progressed from the youth ranks to the under-23s, winning the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016 as well as the UEFA Youth League in 2016.

The teenager impressed during his trial period at Liverpool with the Merseyside outfit set to offer him a contract.

The youngster will look to his former Chelsea teammate and World Cup Golden Ball winner Solanke for inspiration, who finally showcased his talents in his previous outing at Anfield.

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The 20-year-old striker finally notched his first senior goal for the Reds against Brighton on the final day of the Premier League, when the England international rifled a shot just under the bar to break his Reds duck.

The move for Christie-Davies represents yet another promising player trading London for Merseyside, and it could be Liverpool taking advantage of further academy talents.

Christie-Davies is likely to head straight into the Liverpool Under 23 squad as he follows the path of former teammate Solanke to Anfield.

Despite the youngster being unlikely to influence the first team next season it still could prove to be a nice bit of business from the club.

Although it was Chelsea’s decision to let the former Brighton youngster leave Stamford Bridge, Davies will look to the likes of former Blues, Solanke and Rhian Brewster as inspiration that it is still possible to reach the top.

Liverpool’s under 23’s finished 2nd in Premier League 2 this season, and standout players such as Harry Wilson even endured successful loan moves in the Championship, which could be the motivation Davies needs to make the grade at Anfield.

Also, the fact Liverpool quickly gambled on the midfielder reflects the qualities that are evidently present with Christie-Davies. If the youngster makes the most of his new move he could be another former Blue to thrive from a London exit.

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Mauricio Pochettino would be mad to leave Tottenham for Chelsea

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There could be one of the most sensational managerial switches of the Premier League era if Sky Sports are to be believed as they claim that Chelsea are pondering over making a move for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Antonio Conte after a disastrous attempt at a Premier League title defence.

The Italian’s days are clearly numbered and his departure after the FA Cup final this weekend looks inevitable, but Mauricio Pochettino would be making a serious mistake if he were to take the opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge.

After four years in the dugout, at both White Hart Lane and Wembley Stadium, Pochettino has got his team playing his way. The Argentine has always worked under limited resources, at Espanyol, Southampton and even now at Spurs, and whilst the offer of money to spend at Chelsea may be exciting it would also mean an increased responsibility and a very different challenge.

(during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

Tottenham fans and board have complete faith in their coach and are prepared to invest in him to take their club to the next level, something which will come soon with the building of their new stadium, and feel that he is the right man to lead the club in the long-term.

A move to a club with such a short term view in the form of Chelsea would be to sacrifice all that Pochettino has achieved in his spell in north London to date, bringing through young talents like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier who are now beginning to reach their peak and shine under the coach.

With stability at a club on the up, Pochettino would be foolish to be distracted by the bright lights and glamour of a dysfunctional club like Chelsea.

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