Everton missing six first team regulars with injury and covid protocols. No Lukaku, Werner snd Havertz for the home side. Leagues such as Germany have a winter break this time of the year and their clubs are the better for it. Just look at how well they perform in European competition. Maybe it’s time the league do the same amid the Omicron crisis. Everton will be pleased with the result and performance of their keeper Pickford and left back Branwaite. The England keeper keeping out Thiago Silva in a pivotal moment of the match in the second half. That capped off a fine display between the sticks. Branwaite not only scored but was not panicky even faced with threat of the in form Reece James.

In terms of possession and territorial domination, Chelsea were top dog. Jorginho the focal of the attacks but they couldn’t get behind the Everton backline all but once in the match. That happened when Everton lost their shape after Doucoure lost the ball high up the pitch. That was the story of Everton, poor decision making in the final third. Point fair result though. Another case for a winter break is that there is no summer world cup in 2022 therefore so players get some rest in the off season. Chelsea lose ground on the leaders Man City, now 4 points off top spot. They lie third three points behind Liverpool.