Carlo Ancelotti admitted that Everton still have some way to go to reach Chelsea’s level despite beating them as fans returned to Goodison Park – but was “really pleased” with the match.
Everton were able to admit 2,000 supporters for the clash on Saturday night, and they were in for a memorable evening.
Everton limited their visitors to not a single shot on target in the second half, as they held on to all three points to end Chelsea’s 17-game unbeaten run.
After the game, Ancelotti praised the spirit shown by his squad and the sacrifices they made to get all three points.
“I am really pleased in front of our supporters,” he told BT Sport. “We are really happy for them, they have seen a good match from Everton.
“We played well with fantastic spirit. The fans supported us and it is really important to have their support, it is a totally different environment.
“Defensively we did really well. The team sacrificed, that was the target because against the tough teams like Chelsea you have to sacrifice.
“We were dangerous on the counter attack and we didn’t concede a lot of opportunities. I think we deserved to win.”
Ancelotti clears up penalty confusion
The winning goal could have come from a different player, as Richarlison wanted to take the penalty before his teammates gave the ball to Sigurdsson.
The Iceland international, who captained the side for the day, showed why he was the preferred choice by producing a calm finish from the spot. But Ancelotti admitted that it was an “unusual” scenario.
“Unusual because Gylfi is the shooter, he wanted to give the chance to another one but I have to decide, not them. And they know.”
The result saw Everton become the first team to beat Chelsea since September, restoring some positivity at Goodison after a mixed spell.
Everton were one of the early pace setters in the Premier League, but their form has faltered since. However, beating Chelsea was a firm step in the right direction.
Ancelotti, though, still thinks his side have work to do to establish their position higher up the table.
“It is our target to compete, it is really difficult to compete with Chelsea. We beat them but we are not at the same level.”