Football London reported that Graham Potter acknowledged that Chelsea had difficulties dealing with the physicality of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Amadou Onana during their 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday.
As writes the HITC, the goal scored by Doucoure encapsulated the new era at Everton, under Sean Dyche’s management. The former Burnley boss has breathed new life into Doucoure, Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, and Dwight McNeil, who were all in danger of being forgotten at Goodison Park. All four players have been integral to Everton’s fight against relegation, with Doucoure being one of the first names on Dyche’s team sheet.
Doucoure even set up Ellis Simms’ late equalizer, along with Onana and the rejuvenated Idrissa Gana Gueye. Their physicality and aggressive style of play are central to Dyche’s gameplan.
Potter admitted: “Everton used their strengths well. They’ve got physicality and used Doucoure and Onana to win long balls, second balls, throw-ins, set-pieces, and to create danger.”
“Teams have always done that well under Sean. It’s not easy to control it as well as you’d like. We lost a little bit of control for a short period of time and when we did, we conceded. That’s the frustrating bit.”
“You have to credit Everton. They do what they do well,” Potter adds. “They use their physicality, they use the set-pieces, they ask you questions.”