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Chelsea FC: Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella show promise in Everton win
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Orginho proved the winner of the game as Chelsea opened with victory in the new Boehly-Clearlake era, but it was the new signings who really shone at Everton.

The Italy international scored a penalty with almost the final kick of the first half after Ben Chilwell was rightly ruled to have been knocked down by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

But the Blues found themselves very dependent on their new signings straight away with the surging Kalidou Koulibaly and pass to Chilwell creating panic in the Evertonian back line.

Raheem Sterling was pulling the strings and completed the full 90 minutes with fellow starting forwards Mason Mount and Kai Havertz out after silent displays.

The 27-year-old was both one of the best creators and most likely to score in open play, earning three shots but seeing them all blocked.

Indeed, he had the ball in the back of the net in the 43rd minute after Jordan Pickford knocked down N’Golo Kante’s long-range effort but was flagged offside in a marginal call.

After that he saw an effort blocked by Vitalii Mykolenko but squirmed just past the post to deny him an 83rd-minute opener after a magnificent low cross from Marc Cucurella.

Still, Tuchel will be delighted with the intensity of his £47.5m signing display and the ease with which he slotted into the German system.

Sterling was the strikers’ pick even as Armando Broja and Christian Pulisic made brilliant cameos late in the second half.

Meanwhile, Koulibaly had a tougher afternoon and was under constant pressure from a high-energy display from Everton’s front three.

He could have been booked for a few tactical fouls with the pace of Everton’s attack causing problems throughout but squandering their various chances.

The 31-year-old was always going to need more bedding in time than other signings after joining Napoli for six years in Serie A.

His distribution was great though, and he showed confidence stepping up the field. He was substituted in the 75th minute with Tuchel aware that he has only played two pre-season matches compared to others who have played up to four.

Marc Cucurella impressed on his Chelsea debut

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Moreover, Cucurella’s 20-minute display delighted Tuchel with his clever run at left-back, causing defensive problems for Lampard’s side.

He was almost flawless during his time on the pitch and almost finished the game with an assist. The substitutions generally calmed Chelsea, who had long moments of destabilization in a stadium that had become their bogey.

The debut gives hope that this aggressive summer of spending will leave Tuchel with a squad capable of competing in a Premier League they have not come close to winning since last winning in 2017.

They are three new stars under new owners who are intent on putting Chelsea back at the top of English football.


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