‘It is what it is’ – Everton boss Sean Dyche aims a subtle dig at Chelsea

Ahead of Everton’s Premier League clash with Chelsea at Goodison Park this Sunday, manager Sean Dyche shared his thoughts on both teams’ recent form and the financial challenges they have faced, writes the football.london.

The Toffees are enjoying a positive run, securing victories in their last two games without conceding. In contrast, Chelsea heads into the contest following a disappointing night at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Off the pitch, both clubs have encountered financial setbacks. Everton faced a 10-point deduction in November for breaching Profit and Sustainability Rules. Meanwhile, Chelsea received a substantial £8.6 million (€10 million) fine earlier this year for “submitting incomplete financial information” during Roman Abramovich’s ownership.

Chelsea also faced a 2019 transfer embargo due to 150 rule breaches involving 69 academy players over multiple seasons. Currently, an investigation is ongoing over alleged irregular payments around transfers, although no charges have been filed yet.

When asked about the fact that Everton would be above Chelsea in the Premier League table without the points deduction, Dyche commented, “It is what it is. The realities are there, well the current realities, but Chelsea are a really strong outfit.” While acknowledging Chelsea’s quality, he noted the challenges of adapting to a new manager and finding their group.

Looking ahead to the match, Dyche emphasized the need for Everton to be ready, considering Chelsea’s strengths, quality, and experience. A third consecutive win for Everton would help them distance themselves from the threat of relegation, while Chelsea aims to close the gap to the top four as they enter the busy Christmas period.