Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reacts to Everton draw

Rachel Hardy
December 24, 2017

Sandro Ramirez of Everton is challenged by Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on December 23, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Had Morata been on the pitch he may have converted one of the 25 goal attempts his side mustered, none of which breached Everton's rearguard.

But their efforts to hit the net were frustrated by Everton's keeper Jordan Pickford, who blocked them. Sandro Ramirez and Ashley Williams came on but it remained one-way traffic, with the home crowd fearing a Chelsea goal was imminent.

"Don't forget our striker, Morata, was out and I think he's very important because he's our finisher", said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, whose reigning champions are now 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City despite winning eight of their last 11 league matches.

There is plenty for Conte and his team to reflect on what was another deflating result in the Premier League.

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"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".

And Conte says the Blues deserved to get the three points against Everton. "You can see this during the game", he said.

"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. We were also a bit unlucky".

On Boxing Day Everton travel to West Bromwich Albion, before rounding off 2017 with a trip to the south coast to take on Bournemouth.

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