Sam Allardyce

Fans in disagreement over Everton’s tactics vs Chelsea

Viewers of today’s clash between Everton and Chelsea have taken to social media in their droves to discuss the tactics employed by the hosts.

Matchup

The two sides went head to head at Goodison Park this afternoon, with the hosts coming into proceedings on the back of a remarkable upturn in form over recent weeks.

The Toffees endured a nightmare start to the campaign and were considered as being involved in a genuine relegation battle up to a few weeks ago, when Sam Allardyce replaced caretaker boss David Unsworth at the helm for the Merseysiders.

However, they have since earned 5 wins and a draw from their last 6 outings, with Allardyce having introduced some much-needed steel to the defensive ranks of the club.

Chelsea, meanwhile, needed a last-gasp Alvaro Morata winner to put a plucky Bournemouth side to the sword in the Carabao Cup during the week, with the Blues’ win their 3rd straight following a surprise loss to West Ham two weeks ago.

Teams

The starting lineups for today’s clash were released an hour prior to kick-off, with one glaring omission for the home side.

The player in question came in the form of Wayne Rooney, who was not even included in the Toffees squad due to illness:

Alvaro Morata, meanwhile, missed out through suspension for visitors Chelsea, meaning the attacking trident of Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard continued up top for the Blues:

0-0

The 90 minutes at Goodison Park unsurprisingly saw champions Chelsea on top, though the Blues majorly struggled in front of goal.

Everton, meanwhile, were content to sit back and soak up the pressure put on them by the visitors, with the likes of Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford particularly impressive.

In the end, despite having held the vast majority of possession and aiming 25 shots at Everton’s goal, Chelsea were forced to make do with a point.

Reaction

Though the fixture in the end produced no goals, there has nevertheless been widespread debate regarding the 90 minutes on Merseyside, with the defensive tactics employed by Everton boss Sam Allaryce having split opinion among fans in a major way.

Check out the best reaction below: