Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side need reinforcements in the transfer market after a 2-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday, despite the club spending £1 billion ($1.3 billion) on new players during of the last 18 months. A third win in a row lifted Everton four points clear of the relegation zone as the Toffees continue to claw back from a 10-point deduction for breaching financial regulations. Abdoulaye Doucoure opened the scoring before Lewis Dobbin’s first Everton goal inflicted another devastating defeat on Pochettino.
Without the penalty for breaching the financial rules, which Everton are appealing, Sean Dyche’s men would be four points above Chelsea in mid-table.
A seventh defeat in 16 league games in charge of Pochettino sees Chelsea slip into the bottom half, behind west London neighbors Fulham.
“We have to analyze the reality. We have to talk and try to improve in the next transfer market,” Pochettino said.
It was a familiar story for Pochettino as Chelsea dominated the game but did not make it count.
For the third time this season, Chelsea lost despite having over 70 percent possession.
“Football is about scoring goals and we weren’t clinical in front of goal,” added the former Tottenham boss.
Pochettino has asked for patience as he tries to assemble a string of expensive young talents.
But Chelsea managers are not usually given much time to turn things around and the pressure is on the Argentine to find a quick solution to his side’s problems.
Pochettino shuffled his pack after an awful display in losing 2-1 at Manchester United in midweek.
Chelsea were able to welcome back Conor Gallagher from suspension while he was captain Reece JamesBenoit Badiashile and Armando Broja came on as Pochettino made four changes.
But James’ injury-hit campaign continues as he was forced off midway through the first half.
Chelsea were undone by a familiar lack of punch up front.
Broja offered far more than that Nicholas Jackson as a target for Chelsea to hit but did not solve Pochettino’s need for a clinical finisher.
The Albanian got his best chance late in the first half from Mykhailo Mudryk‘s teasing cross.
Everton find groove
Everton blew Newcastle away 3-0 to move out of the relegation zone on Thursday but took time to warm to their task.
It wasn’t until after half-time that the hosts got a shot on target when Dwight McNeil’s sweet strike from the edge of the box was turned behind by Robert Sanchez.
Chelsea did not heed that warning as they were cut wide open by Everton’s next attack.
McNeil’s pass behind was perfectly weighted Dominic Calvert-Lewin and when his effort was saved by Sanchez, Doucoure was ready to fire in the rebound.
The Mali international scored the goal on the final day of last season that saved Everton from relegation and his six goals already this season go a long way to extending their 70-year stay in the English top flight.
Everton then held on comfortably before extending their lead in stoppage time.
Chelsea substitute goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic took a corner and Dobbin smashed home to spark wild scenes of celebration.
A third win in nine days capped a superb week for Everton, who have all but wiped out the toughest sporting sanction in Premier League history.
“They have spent a fortune on players, he (Pochettino) is a top manager, but I would say you have to find ways to win,” Dyche said.
“That’s the gratifying thing, we find different ways to win.”
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