Ian Wright believes Chelsea were lacking ‘creativity’ in their 1-0 defeat against Everton and says none of their players looked ‘comfortable’ in possession.
Chelsea were far from their best against a well-organised Everton outfit, with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty ultimately enough to separate the two sides.
Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud formed a front three, with Mason Mount the most attacking force in midfield, but they couldn’t find a way through.
Two of their most creative players weren’t in the squad as both Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech missed the game with a hamstring problem.
And Wright, the former Arsenal striker, felt the pair could have made the difference, had they been involved.
‘No one was comfortable on the ball,’ Wright told Match of the Day.
‘Maybe as a game, if Ziyech and Pulisic were playing – a little bit more creativity – they might have got something.
‘But it wasn’t happening.’
Alan Shearer was impressed by the defensive display of Everton, adding: ‘Their closing down was really impressive.
‘Whenever anyone was on the ball for Chelsea, they were closed down straight away and didn’t have any space. I thought Everton were brilliant.
‘It was just one of those days. They could have been there, I thought, for another two or three hours and they wouldn’t have scored.
‘You’ve just got to forget that and move on to the next game.’