'Remarkable': BBC pundit remembers Pele after watching what one Everton player did vs Chelsea yesterday
BBC pundit Garth Crooks has compared Everton star Jordan Pickford’s brilliant save against Chelsea to Gordon Banks denying the great Pele in the 1970 World Cup.
Everton went into the game against the West Londoners yesterday with their backs against the wall. The Toffees simply had to win the game to keep their fate in their own hands and they did just that.
Chelsea just didn’t get going. Everton were clearly the more threatening side and if they were more clinical, Frank Lampard’s side could’ve scored three or even four goals.
However, they only managed one and that proved to be enough to get the win – all thanks to Pickford’s absolutely incredible save to deny Cesar Azpilicueta.
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Jordan Pickford’s save vs Chelsea compared to Gordan Banks’ stop to deny Pele
Crooks, like the rest of us, was blown away by that save by Pickford and the BBC pundit even went on to say that it’s the best stop he has seen since England legend Banks denied Pele’s header back in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
He wrote in his column on BBC: “Pickford kept a clean sheet but I don’t know how he did it. The Everton keeper made two of the most remarkable saves to clinch a vital victory for the Toffees.
“He was forced to sprint across his goal line before diving to make the most miraculous double-handed save I’ve seen since Gordon Banks saved Pele’s header in the 1970 World Cup.
“Pickford, now fired up, spread himself in order to block a shot which almost knocked him out and would have put other mere mortals in the Royal Infirmary. This was an inspired performance by the England number one.”
Everton have had a terrible campaign in the Premier League this season. The Toffees won four of their first six games this term but since then, they’ve managed just five victories.
Frank Lampard’s men are in a spot of bother but the win against Chelsea yesterday will give them real belief to stay in the Premier League. They are in the relegation zone at the moment, but if they win their game in hand, they will leapfrog both Burnley and Leeds United in the table.
Richarlison’s goal will get all the plaudits and rightly so, but if Everton go on to survive in the Premier League this season, that save from Pickford yesterday may just be the reason why.
The Toffees take on Leicester City next and if Pickford has a good game again, Everton should come away with another positive result.
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