Marco Silva says Everton’s deserved point at Chelsea is an important step in helping his side continue to “grow like we want to as a team”.
The Blues became the first club to prevent the title challengers from scoring on home soil this season after a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.
Silva praised the visitors for their organisation, shape, team spirit and attitude, especially in the opening 45 minutes when the Toffees dominated for spells of the contest and went close to breaking the deadlock through Bernard’s long-range drive.
The result means Everton go into the international break just a point off sixth-placed Bournemouth and having taken 13 points from the past 18 available.
“It was a tough match,” said Silva. “We showed very, very good things. Our aim is to challenge and have the belief to come away with three points. Today we made a good step.
“I think we deserved a point, especially from what we did in the first half. They are creating chances home and away and we were organised.
“It’s the first time they haven’t scored at home this season. In the first half we were very, very good. Our shape was very good and our players did everything we asked.
“Chelsea created one chance from a free-kick in the first half. In the second, it was different. They put Hazard behind Morata and started to create more problems. I think we didn’t do enough with the ball in the second half. We could do better with set pieces, too, but we will improve, for sure, and I think it’s a good point for us.”
Silva added: “We can grow like we want to as a team and we can challenge in this type of match. We tried to win the match and, in the first half, it was amazing as we showed everything: organisation, good shape, team spirit, fantastic attitude and believing in ourselves, too.”
Jordan Pickford came to the fore when he palmed away Marcos Alonso’s powerful volley before the break, while Yerry Mina – making his full debut for Everton after his summer switch from Barcelona – prevented Alvaro Morata from turning in Eden Hazard’s low cross.
Silva was full of praise for both men and for his side’s work ethic throughout the 90 minutes.
“He [Mina] did everything I expected,” said the Blues boss. “He showed his quality, was very good on the ball and off the ball as well. I think he did really well.
“Jordan's performance is good news for England [going into the international break] and good news for us.
“All of the players worked hard and fought for the result. We could do better in the final third but in the future we will do better, for sure.”