Two things Lampard got right and two Tuchel got wrong as Everton shock Chelsea

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Richarlison scored the only goal of a feisty game as Everton claimed a crucial 1-0 over Chelsea to significantly boost their hopes of Premier League survival.

With the Toffees in dire need of a result following Burnley's comeback win over Watford on Saturday, the Goodison Park faithful came out in force ahead of kick-off, setting off fireworks outside Chelsea's hotel and lighting up flares in the streets outside the stadium. Frank Lampard's side appeared fired-up, however, neither side were able to create any real efforts of note in a scrappy first 45 minutes which saw more yellow cards than shots on goal.

Much like the Saturday's night's fireworks, the second half started with a bang as Demarai Gray and Richarlison pounced on a lapse in concentration from Cesar Azpilicueta before the latter slid in the opener. Jordan Pickford produced some stunning saves to secure the vital three points, reacting to deny Azpilicueta's rebound after Mason Mount struck the post and stifling Antonio Rudiger from close range.

The crucial triumph saw Everton claw their way back to within two points of Premier League safety. Here Daily Star Sport take a look at the things both managers got right and wrong during the ferocious encounter.

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Thomas Tuchel

Keeping faith with Havertz

Kai Havertz has established himself as Tuchel's preferred man to lead the Chelsea line this season amid Romelu Lukaku's ongoing struggle to find form. The German has made some vital contributions throughout the campaign, but put in an underwhelming display against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday evening.

Tuchel appeared visibly frustrated with his makeshift forward's lack of cutting edge on that occasion and it wouldn't have come as much of a surprise to see him shuffle his pack at Goodison Park. Given Lukaku's familiarity with Everton and the Goodison Park surroundings, the Blues boss must have been tempted to throw the Belgian in from the off, especially as the monstrous Yerry Mina returned to the heart of the Toffees' defence.

However, Tuchel kept his faith with Havertz and snubbed Lukaku with regards to substitutions – decisions which ultimately backfired. Havertz cut a frustrated figure all afternoon, constantly getting caught up in flash-points with Mina and finding himself stifled by Everton's intense press. In a tight and tempestuous game, Lukaku's physicality would have surely been better suited.

Not learning from Liverpool

While Everton have still struggled to amass points since Lampard's arrival, the Toffees have shown more spirit in recent weeks. For much of last weekend's Merseyside derby, they frustrated Liverpool as Lampard's side sought opportunities to break up play and prevent the Reds from gaining any control or momentum in the match.

The first half against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday saw plenty of parallels. The Blues appeared rattled at times as Everton kept the contest cagey and seized every opportunity to bring play to a halt.

There was plenty of needle to the encounter, and while the Toffees' approach was far from pretty, it certainly proved effective in limiting Chelsea to very few chances in the first 45. Last week, Liverpool remained patient, calm and composed, going on to win their respective contest, however the Blues failed to learn the lessons from the Merseyside derby and let Everton's antagonistic approach get the better off them.

Frank Lampard

Exploiting the electric atmosphere

Everton appeared as fired up as the mass of flares outside Goodison Park in the early stages as the club's faithful came out in force to back their struggling side. Burnley's comeback win over Watford on Saturday left the Toffees five points adrift of Premier League safety heading into the Chelsea clash and in dire need of a result against the European champions.

The club's avid supporters knew they had to play their part to inspire their team and their attempts to gain any advantage included setting off fireworks outside their opponents' hotel the night before. Everton initially responded to the passion their fans and their aggressive approach stifled Chelsea for much of the match.

The press of Lampard's side was incessant, but it was just a question of whether the Toffees could sustain their almighty efforts. Richarlison's strike early in the second-half gave them something to hold on to and provided further inspiration for Everton to get the job done.

Doucoure the driving force

Everton's aggressive approach from the outset was epitomised by Doucoure in the heart of the Toffees midfield. The Frenchman proved such much-needed energy in the centre of the pitch, driving Lampard's side forward and inspiring his team-mates with his intensity.

Lampard's decision to allow Doucoure to advance and influence the game higher up worked to perfection as he exploited the absence of Kante in Chelsea's midfield. Fabian Delph provided cover for the energetic 29-year-old for much of the match, before Allan took over the defensive responsibility.

Tuchel rolled the dice by replacing Jorginho with Mateo Kovacic at half-time in an attempt to restore some control. However, Doucoure continued to dominate and should have had an assist to his name after playing in the misfiring Mykolenko.

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