Maurizio Sarri's men secured a 1-0 win over BATE Borisov during their Europa League Group L match at the Borisov Arena in Belarus on Thursday night to book their place in the knockout stage of the competition.
However, they could not make an impact against Arsenal or Manchester United so far this season and the trip to face an unbeaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, is arguably their toughest assignment so far.
Legit.ng recalls that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has made a request to his employers he wants to make two new signings in the January window. "All these things, added to what he already had, is making him one of the best midfielders in the country".
"At the moment, from a tactical point of view, Ross is a step ahead of Loftus-Cheek because Ruben in the first part of the season had two or three little injuries", Sarri said.
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That now seems more likely for later this month, when they attend the Group of 20 summit of worldwide leaders in Argentina. It's a sign of the increasingly different view Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have towards multilateral institutions.
Who will Sarri go with to take on Everton? "But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because for us he's very important".
Barkley did not play for Everton in the last seven months of his spell due to a hamstring problem and moved in a cut-price £15million deal, with his contract winding down. In a league where a team is managed by Pep Guardiola, the fact that Chelsea are above that team in the passing chart shows how much of an influence Sarri has been.
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has been discussing what he thinks the Blues will have to do to keep their star attacker Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge. "I am sure we will improve this form". It is normal to look around and think, 'With what club can I achieve that with?' "It was a very hard day for me".
Few will back Everton to bring an end to that shocking statistic considering that the club are also woeful on a Sunday, losing 11 of their last 13 matches, while there's the small matter of attempting to become the first club to inflict a first league defeat upon Chelsea since May of last season.