Evertonians will feel a sense of freedom this week as the shackles of Koeman’s management were lifted on Monday. Everton now travel to Chelsea with David Unsworth in temporary charge.
There’s still no doubt that tonight will be a tough game for Everton, regardless of the managerial situation. Chelsea a likely to field a semi strong side, whereas Everton will probably field close to their starting XI. David Unsworth doesn’t believe in a weakend squad for a cup tie and will be keen to ensure the Blues see the next round after tonight match.
Expect to see the Everton players come out with a new lease of life, it’s always the way after and regime has ended! Fast paced, high pressing, quick passing and good movement off the ball is something we will most likely see this evening. Still, in the back of the players minds though, will be the thought of their previous matches. It’s not easy to just forget the depression and culmination of previous games, but an early goal could put that right.
Chelsea on the other hand pulled themselves through a not so rough, rough patch at the weekend with a 4-2 win over Watford. Michy Batshuayi scored a brace against Chelsea opposition on Saturday and will likely be looking at a start this evening. Although Chelsea aren’t likely to bring any ‘kids’ into their side for the Carabao cup match against the Blues, they are likely to still field a strong second string line-up.
Antonio Conte will want his Chelsea side to get to the final of the both domestic cup competitions and won’t take it lightly this evening.
One thing you can be sure of is that the Everton players will be keen to perform for their close collegue David Unsworth, they all know what he expects and anything less won’t be deemed good enough. It’s easy to let a manager down, but not as easy to let a friend down, which is what Unsworth is to the likes of Baines, Rooney and Davies.