Thomas Tuchel’s side currently sit fourth in the table but are only one point clear of Everton, who also boast a game in hand. West Ham are also within touching distance of the Blues, who know they cannot afford to drop points at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel has enjoyed a terrific start to his tenure in west London and the squad are in high spirits after defeating champions Liverpool last time out.
However, Everton come into the fixture in a fine vein of form themselves, with a famous Merseyside derby victory at Anfield followed by wins over Southampton and West Brom. Carlo Ancelotti is not only hoping to secure European football for next season, but wants to avenge the 4-0 defeat suffered on his return to Stamford Bridge last season. “We are better now. We have more knowledge and more belief in what we are doing,” the former Chelsea manager said. “We can compete against Chelsea. It will be difficult, we know, because they are a fantastic team, but we can compete.”
Blues boss Tuchel said ahead of the game: “Everton had a very strong start to season with a big win at Anfield and from there they kept the momentum going. They have a very strong squad, they are very physical and the squad is full of talent. Carlo (Ancelotti) knows how to keep the momentum going, how to keep the flow going.
“It is good that these games are on and it is good that we have the next big, big match straight away, because that drives us, it gets us out of bed early. Then it is a very natural process to be at our top level again because you don’t need many words.
“The situation is very clear. It does not change. We will need the next top-level performance to be able to win and this is what we are up for at Stamford Bridge.”
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