Carlo Ancelotti admits Everton are 'not at the same level' as Chelsea
Carlo Ancelotti admits Everton are ‘not at the same level’ as Chelsea as he claims ‘they deserved to win’ after Toffees’ Champions League hopes took a setback with defeat in London
- Chelsea convincingly beat Everton 2-0 on Monday night at Stamford Bridge
- Ben Godfrey’s own goal and a Jorginho penalty sealed the win for the Blues
- Carlo Ancelotti has admitted his side were second best throughout in London
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted his side had been second best all night during their defeat at Chelsea as their top four hopes took a big hit.
Ben Godfrey’s own goal and a second half penalty from Jorginho consigned Everton to a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, leaving them four points adrift of Chelsea in fourth but with a match in hand still.
Chelsea dominated throughout the Premier League encounter and could have won by a bigger margin, with Kai Havertz also having a goal ruled out in the second half for handball.
Everton were defeated 2-0 by Chelsea on Monday, putting a dent in their European hopes
Carlo Ancelotti has admitted his Everton side had been second best throughout in London
And Ancelotti has since claimed that his side have plenty of work to do before now and the end of the season if they want to somehow battle it out right to the very end with the likes of Chelsea for a Champions League spot.
‘They played better than us,’ Ancelotti told BT Sport following the final whistle. ‘They deserved to win. We were good defensively for 30 minutes. When they scored the game became difficult for us. They are a good team.
‘The game that we planned was what we got for 30 minutes. We didn’t have a lot of opportunities. Richarlison had a chance. But we have to be honest, we are not at the same level. We cannot play an open game against this kind of team.
‘It was the plan to play the same way as we played against Liverpool, but against Liverpool we scored early.
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‘We are looking to fight for Europe. This is good for us. We will be there until the last game. We are disappointed for this defeat but no tragedy. We look to the next game.’
Havertz’s strike deflected off Godfrey for Chelsea’s deserved opener in the 31st minute before Jorginho converted from the spot in the second half after Jordan Pickford had brought down the Blues’ £89million summer signing.
It was a reality check for Everton, who struggled to show any real threat in attack at Stamford Bridge, but Ancelotti will be looking for immediate response from his side.
Everton host Burnley next in the Premier League on Saturday evening, and victory would keep them firmly in the hunt for a European spot with 11 matches remaining.
The defeat has left Everton sixth in the Premier League, four points off Chelsea in fourth
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