Dec 23, 2017 at 12.30pm UK at ​Goodison Park
Attendance: 39,191
Everton
0-0
Chelsea

Calvert-Lewin (10'), Martina (21'), Keane (57')
FT

Thibaut Courtois: 'Chelsea needed a big guy up front at Everton'

Courtois: 'We needed a big guy up front'
© SilverHub
Thibaut Courtois believes that Chelsea missed "a big guy up front" to break through the Everton backline in the Blues' goalless at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Thibaut Courtois has claimed that Chelsea missed "a big guy up front" in their goalless draw at Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Alvaro Morata was ruled out of the Premier League clash on Saturday after picking up his fifth booking of the season as he celebrated his match-winning goal in the Blues' EFL Cup quarter-final win over Bournemouth.

The Spaniard's absence meant that Antonio Conte opted to start Eden Hazard up front but, despite the Belgian looking sharp, neither he nor substitute Michy Batshuayi could find a way past a tenacious Toffees backline.

"Coming here was always going to be tough, they're on a good run so we expected a tough game but we tried our best to win," Courtois told Sky Sports News after the game.

"Their goalkeeper made a few good saves and we had to be careful on the counter but other than a few free-kicks they didn't have many chances.

"It's not easy when a team falls back, I think we could've had more shots on target but we didn't have a big guy up front despite lots of crosses into the box.

"We concentrated hard on keeping the clean sheet, which is a good thing from today of course, but we're not happy we didn't create the chances to score."

Chelsea remain third in the Premier League table, two points behind Manchester United.

Share this article now:
Antonio Conte cuts a frustrated figure during the Champions League group game between Roma and Chelsea on October 31, 2017
Read Next:
Antonio Conte slams "unfair result"
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City33283293256887
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool342010478354370
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal331661162451754
7Burnley341410103431352
8Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle33118143542-741
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford34107174260-1837
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham33811144159-1835
15Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
16Crystal Palace34810163654-1834
17Swansea CitySwansea3389162746-1933
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke34610183164-3328
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom34412182752-2524

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand