Chelsea put a hectic pre-season behind them and kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday courtesy of a Jorginho penalty.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel warned last week that Chelsea were “not ready” for the new season after a grueling US tour that saw Arsenal lose 4-0 and leave his side exhausted.
However, a new era at Stamford Bridge is gaining momentum off the pitch with the signings in recent days of Mark Cucurella and Karni Chukwuemeki, joined by newcomers Raheem Sterling and Kalid Koulibaly.
Sterling, Coulibaly and Cucurella made their debuts as Chelsea snapped a four-game losing streak at Goodison Park despite a mixed performance.
Everton’s pre-season has been derailed this week by an injury that has ruled out England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the first six weeks of the season.
The Butterscotches suffered another injury early on when Ben Godfrey sprained himself after losing to Kai Havertz.
Everton are predicted to struggle again after just averting relegation last season.
But they could easily take at least a point for a brisk game.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a great save to keep James Tarkowski from taking the lead on his debut against Everton.
Sterling also failed to score his debut goal due to offside after Jordan Pickford saved a shot from Mason Mount.
Everton’s good performance before the break was canceled out in the eighth minute added to a lengthy stoppage due to Godfrey’s injury.
Ben Chilwell was busted in the box by Abdoulaye Ducour and, unlike in the Euro 2020 final, Jorginho sent Pickford the wrong way from the spot for the decisive goal.
Everton valiantly tried to equalize after the break, but without Calvert-Lewin and the departed Richarlison, they were dull in attack.
Mendy once again came to Chelsea’s rescue by making crucial saves to deflect a Demarai Gray shot wide and block Ducourt’s powerful shot at point-blank range.
On the other hand, Sterling was again disappointed as his shot on goal was saved by Vitaliy Mikolenko inches from the net.
But one Chelsea goal was enough for a five-year wait to win away at Everton.