Everton have done well in recent weeks. They’ve picked up some big wins, and they’re playing well. This comes in stark contrast to last season, in which they were winning but playing very unattractive football, and even the beginning of this season, when they were playing good football but weren’t getting results.
Now, Marco Silva has been able to build the perfect marriage of the two, and it will be very interesting to see how that impacts the Toffees as the season progresses.
The question marks that are over Silva’s head, with regards to his managerial quality and potential, are slowly being phased out, and that’s great for the Toffees.
However, sizeable tasks lie ahead, and this weekend, Everton are facing perhaps their most significant threat yet.
The Toffees’ resurgence has really taken on a life of its own over the last few weeks, with a number of wins and, perhaps more encouragingly, fantastic performances being delivered under Marco Silva. They fell short against Man Utd a couple of weeks ago, and that was a blow to their hopes, but against Chelsea this weekend they’ll have another chance to prove their worth.
Chelsea are one of the three teams in the Premier League that are still unbeaten, putting them in esteeemed company alongside Man City and Liverpool. If Everton want to be able to prove their worth ass a team capable of competing at the top of the table, they need to be able to knock these teams off their perch – and Chelsea are perhaps the weakest of the leading pack. So, Marco Silva won’t get a better chance to do just that.
This is a particularly interesting test for the Toffees given the style of play that Maurizio Sarri adopts. Their game against Man Utd was a bit of an odd test, given that the Red Devils are far more physical and one-dimensional in comparison to Chelsea. The Blues, meanwhile, opt for far more of a technical and passing style – not too dissimilar to Everton. So, for the first time in a few weeks, they’re a team that will attack Everton with a similar vigour to that which Silva will approach the game.
So, it will be down to Silva to attempt to outmanoeuvre his opposite. He’s got the players to compete with the Blues, and he needs to prove that he’s capable of putting in a big performance. Nobody is expecting the Goodison Park outfit to dominate, but a small win or even a draw would serve them well.
If they’re able to do that, then the future will really look bright for Everton. If not, perhaps it’s a little soon to be thinking about glory under Silva – despite recent form.