The newspaper reports
The Independent on Sunday, Nick Szczepanik: “Chelsea may be facing a disagreement with some of their own pitch owners over the future of Stamford Bridge, but on the playing surface itself all continues to go smoothly. Their fourth win out of four home games in the Premier League allowed them to keep pace with Manchester City, the leaders, and close to within a point of second-placed Manchester United, who had drawn with Liverpool at lunchtime. Perhaps significantly, they beat opponents who have been a thorn in their side here recently. This was Chelsea’s first home three-point haul against Everton since April 2006, and ended a run of six League matches between the clubs without a Chelsea win – Chelsea’s longest run without a victory against another Premier League club since Roman Abramovich bought them in 2003.”
The Observer, Amy Lawrence: “They may not be in full swing yet but Chelsea are in a very handy position. It must be comforting for Villas-Boas to be able to mould his team – this selection did the business without the suspended Fernando Torres and the rested David Luiz and allowed for another cameo from Oriol Romeu – while maintaining a 100% success rate at home. Three goals poached from inside the six-yard box, three points, thank you and goodnight.”
The Sunday Telegraph, Gerry Cox: “Juan Mata breezed into Stamford Bridge at the same time as Chelsea’s pursuit of Luka Modric was finally stymied by Spurs, but it looks like Andre Villas-Boas has finally found the creative force the club’s supporters have been crying out for. Mata hit the ground running with a goal in his first game, a cameo appearance against Norwich, but the skilful Spaniard is now dictating events to such an extent that Chelsea were able to end Everton’s five-year unbeaten run in the League at Stamford Bridge. Mata set up two goals and brought to mind Tommy Smith’s description of Ossie Ardiles in his prime: “It was like trying to tackle dust.””
The Official Chelsea FC Website: “Chelsea recorded a first home league win at Stamford Bridge against Everton since April 2006, thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge, John Terry and Ramires. There were only a few glimpses of the awe-inspiring performance that preceded this one against Bolton two weeks ago, but such was Everton’s impotence for long spells that it was never needed.”
The managers’ reaction
Andre Villas-Boas: “It was a good win for us.
“It is never easy coming back after an international break but it was important to get three points, particularly on a day when two title contenders played against each other.
“Eventually Man United got an important point at Anfield but at least it allows us to get closer to second position at the moment.
“I don’t see it so much as Man United dropping points.
“I see it more as Liverpool dropping points, a point at Anfield is something that any manager takes. It still gives us the opportunity to get closer to them but of course we still need to go to Anfield.
“We have not done anything special. We just have to continue to win until we find a position of comfort at the top of the league.”
David Moyes: “It was a really difficult game but we have been to Chelsea before and we have had to defend harder.
“Today we gave them the first two goals due to terrible defending and they didn’t have to work particularly hard. We made some opportunities but the ball didn’t run kindly, our players stuck at it, and I couldn’t have asked for more except to defend better.”