Antonio Conte insisted that Chelsea deserved more than to be held to a goalless draw by Everton, and defended his decision not to start Michy Batshuayi up front in the absence of suspended Alvaro Morata. Chelsea registered 25 shots and eight on target against Everton, who successfully frustrated their visitors by defending deep and in numbers but also failed to register a single shot on target in a Premier League home game for the first time in six years.
In spite of Everton’s cautious gameplan, Chelsea went close to breaking through when Phil Jagielka was forced to clear the ball off his goal line twice in quick succession in the first half and after the break when Ashley Williams headed against his own crossbar.
Speaking after the match, Conte said that his team needed more luck as well as more ruthlessness in front of goal. “We dominated the game and created many chances to score,” Conte insisted. “I think this result is unfair.
“Honestly we deserved to win. If you watched the game you could see that we played from the start until the end towards one goal, we created many chances, hit the crossbar and maybe [Jordan] Pickford was the best player for them. The result is unfair.