Everton was the better team for most part of the match which is unsurprising given David Moyes is arguably the best manager in the Premier League when factoring a tiny transfer budget, cut rate wages, and a limited bench. He still gets 200% from his players. A downright national treasure if you ask me. The difference was nonagenarian Frank Lampard and a lot of woodwork that sank the Toffees. It was the man with near genius IQ responsible for ending Chelsea's futility at Goodison Park.
What's this one hears? Sorry, I just learned Lampard is about six decades younger but as per the memo, he's now too old to rock and roll and is to be shunted out for a younger midfielder. Which should cause Sir Alex acute embarrassment for stretching out Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs's careers to the point where time collapses into itself. But that's not the emotion one feels when these two come on the pitch, their value immeasurable in the performances given in the few minutes given, even as they eventually accede to a new generation. One gets the same high when Lampard comes on the pitch. He does make this Chelsea team better.
The Blues end the year strongly and in title contention. Not bad for a manager whose reign began with a chorus of boos at Stamford Bridge. But Rafa Benitez has always had a philosophy, like it or not, to achieve success at Valencia and then Liverpool. He may now have the players and equally important, the money to carry him over the threshold.