The Blues suffered a dismal 1-0 loss to relegation fighters managed by Frank Lampard at Goodison Park on Sunday after captain Cesar Azpilicueta inexplicably lost the ball to Richarlison, who quickly netted what turned out to be the goal winning just after halftime.
Chelsea were then thwarted by a combination of their own profligacy, carpentry and an exceptional display from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as Everton picked up three vital points in their fight against relegation from the Premier League and that his opponents must have regretted another self-inflicted disappointment.
Coach Thomas Tuchel has lamented his side’s sudden penchant for critical mistakes, which also cost them against Arsenal last week and in their agonizing Champions League quarter-final loss to Real Madrid.
Loftus-Cheek was one of the few Chelsea players to come out of the Merseyside defeat with any credit, to be denied a goal by the excellent Pickford and to try to push his side forward whenever possible during his 50th start for the club.
“We are all very disappointed,” the 26-year-old told Chelsea’s official website. “Going into the game, we knew the atmosphere would be hostile and it would be like a final for them. We felt it straight away.
“They came out of the blocks in the second half and caught us napping. We were fighting an uphill battle from there, the fans were behind them and it was hard to break them. It was disappointing.
“We’ve made a few mistakes in recent matches and we haven’t kept the sheets clean of individual mistakes. That’s how football is, if you keep shooting yourself in the foot it’s going to be hard to s ‘get out.
Chelsea will be desperate to iron out those mistakes before they face in-form Liverpool in a domestic cup final for the second time this season at Wembley on May 14.
A third defeat in six Premier League games also loosened their grip on third place, with Arsenal now reborn just three points adrift and Tottenham five behind Chelsea with four games remaining this season.
Asked how Tuchel’s team could go about eradicating these repeated mistakes, Loftus-Cheek added: “It’s up to us as individuals to listen and to Refine as a team together Preparing everyone for the game is the basics of football.
“If you don’t have those basics you will struggle like we have in the last four games. It’s not the norm at Chelsea at all. Our levels of concentration weren’t good enough.
“We want the top four but we can’t perform like that with other teams doing well around us. We need wins. It’s hard to deal with at the moment and we’ll come back to it once the emotions will have calmed down.
“We had many chances to score. Their goalkeeper made some good saves. If we put them on, I think we could come away with a win.