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Chelsea scored a goal in each half to see off top-four rivals Everton and maintain Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten start as Chelsea boss at Stamford Brigde.

The hosts took the lead when Kai Havertz’ attempt from a cross took a big deflection off Everton defender Ben Godfrey.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford – hoping to impress Gareth Southgate to be England number one at this summer’s Euros – made a fine stop to deny Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso doubling Chelsea’s lead, and Havertz had a goal ruled out after the ball hit his arm before firing past Pickford.

However, Chelsea got their just rewards through a Jorginho penalty after Jordan Pickford felled the onrushing Kai Havertz in the penalty area.

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Pickford then made up for his error with a string of fine saves to deny Chelsea extending their lead even further with Werner being denied twice while a Mason Mount shot late on was well beaten away by the England goalkeeper.

The result means Chelsea remain fourth in the last Champions League qualifying spot, only three points behind third-placed Leicester and four adrift of Manchester United in second.

It is also now over seven hours of football since Chelsea conceded at Stamford Bridge, with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy recording his 13th clean sheet in 23 Premier League starts, continuing their fine defensive displays under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

Crucially, this victory takes the Blues four points clear of Everton in fifth and Carlo Ancelotti’s side – who have a game in hand over Chelsea – will drop to sixth providing West Ham avoid defeat against Leeds in Monday night’s game.

Chelsea have not tasted defeat since a 2-0 loss at Leicester City in Frank Lampard’s penultimate game as manager on 19 January, with Tuchel yet to suffer defeat in his 11 matches in charge.

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