Having tasted league defeat for the first time as a Chelsea player, Ben Chilwell acknowledged Everton defended well in Saturday’s match at Goodison Park but admitted his side should have tested them more.
A single penalty was sufficient to decide the contest and with the left-back injured at the start of the season when the Blues lost to Liverpool in our second game, he has enjoyed a long unbeaten run up to this point.
‘The way Everton play, it is difficult to get back into the game,’ Chilwell said as he reflected on going behind midway through the first half. ‘We created a few chances but we did not do enough to get back into the game.
‘Me and Reece [James] struggled to get into the game, the wingers were good at tracking us and in general, Everton defended very well as a team.
‘We knew that would be the case and their fans were behind them and it gave them confidence to keep the clean sheet. The longer the game went on, the more difficult we knew it would be to score. The first 30 minutes we were not good enough and we need to pick ourselves up and go again on Tuesday, which we will.’
Chilwell insists the previous good form and talk from outside the club of a title challenge had not affected the team’s thinking.
‘We try not to listen to any of that,’ he said. ‘We are taking it a game at a time and we have a young squad, a lot of boys that are learning along the way.
‘It is still a relatively new group in terms of gelling together and although we were unbeaten for however many games, with the squad we have we want to win every match but we know the reality of it is that we are not going to win every match.
‘It is how we react now. We have to react on Tuesday away at Wolves and the next few days we will recover and pick ourselves up.’