RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: CHELSEA V EVERTON
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker has been providing radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Sunday's final victory that caught his eye…
1. It was an open game with both teams looking to score goals and not taking their foot off the gas. With David Moyes leaving Everton, he wanted to finish on the front foot and the players having respect for him were trying to achieve that, and it made a match of it. It was entertaining for a last game of the season when sometimes they can be quite dull.
2. Rafael Benitez played both Demba Ba and Fernando Torres and with Victor Moses maybe not totally fit, there were few players available to fill the attack. Torres playing slightly out of position was awkward for him a few times, he did get caught defensively, but overall he equipped himself well and 22 goals for the season is a good return.
3. There were a few good individual battles going on during the match. Sylvain Distin against Demba Ba was one and for a 35-year-old, Distin was exceptional. David Luiz and Victor Anichebe was another until our player worked it out before half-time that he couldn't win the ball in front of Anichebe because he is so colossal. In the second half David Luiz was exceptional by his level of discipline and that made us so solid. In the end Everton took Anichebe off.
4. It was a much better half for Chelsea after the break because we put Everton on the back foot. We played higher up the park whereas after they scored in the first half we dropped off, got deeper and deeper and our midfield didn't engage with their midfield so Everton started to control it. Steven Naismith found lots of space in front of our back four.In the second half we pushed up a little bit. It was only 10 yards or so but it squeezed the play, our midfield engaged with theirs and it closed the gaps. Before the game there might have been concern we were tired but it was our players who upped the tempo in the second half.
5. We've already seen Ryan Bertrand come into the team and now Nathan Ake is getting games and he was good against Everton. His reading of the game is exceptional for a young player and his work-rate helped out. Playing alongside Frank Lampard his discipline was good and he only got caught out once or twice early on. The two of them working together in midfield were terrific.