Jorginho’s penalty earned Chelsea a first win at Everton since 2017, with the hosts’ 1-0 defeat worsened by serious injuries suffered by Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey.
Jorginho converted from the spot with what was the third opening-weekend penalty he has scored for the Blues, after Abdoulaye Doucoure had halted Ben Chilwell’s run into the box with a clumsy challenge.
That goal came after more than eight minutes of first-half injury time, added largely due to a nasty early injury suffered by Godfrey in a challenge with Kai Havertz, which saw him requiring oxygen before he was stretchered off and taken to hospital.
To make matters worse, Mina was later forced off when he landed awkwardly after a heavy touch, with both he and Godfrey now likely to be out for “some while” according to manager Frank Lampard.
“It [Godfrey injury] feels like it is a small fracture of his leg,”
“We are assessing that. He will be out for a while, Mina is an ankle injury and could be out for a while.He told Sky Sports.
“When it rains, it pours.”
Those enforced changes in personnel added more frustration to an Everton side forced to operate without a recognised striker on the pitch but from two corners owing to Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury James Tarkowski forced Edouard Mendy into a fingertip stop before Doucoure pulled an excellent sprawling save out of the Chelsea goalkeeper.
Demarai Gray also beat Thiago Silva in a footrace into the area in a rare promising moment in open play for Everton before the defender recovered to block his effort behind, but the hosts lacked the quality to find a way through as they fell to an opening-day defeat for the first time since 2012.
When asked whether the two defensive injuries would change Everton’s transfer plans, Lampard added:
“Maybe, maybe not. We’ve got centre-backs at the club, but we’re looking at different areas. I’m not going to declare them now, but everyone can feel there’s movement and we’re trying to go in the right direction.
“My main focus today is the performance the lads put on the pitch because the fans responded to what the players did today. It’s one game out of 38 where we didn’t get a point that we should have got, but I take confidence from what the players did out there today and what we can take forward because we’re looking to bring some players into the squad.”
Source: Sky Sports