Everton ace Tom Cleverley has spoken of his hurt following the Toffees embarrassing performance against Chelsea, where the Merseyside outfit were on the receiving end of a 5-0 drubbing.
The defeat was Everton’s third in six Premier League matches, severely affecting the charge Ronald Koeman’s side have made this season, and Cleverley said his team were made to feel ‘inferior’ by the defeat.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the England international said:
“It hurts. You feel inferior as a professional. That’s not what you work for. It really does hurt. Embarrassment? I would probably say that, yeah.”
“We know that wasn’t good enough. In every aspect of the game they were better than us. We deserved what we got. It’s a shame we’ve got two weeks now before our next game to put it right, but we’ve got to give something back to the fans who travelled down.”
“I’ve had three or four bad days in my career. This will have been one. It really does hurt. I’ll be in a bad mood for the next couple of days, but you have to put it to the back of your mind because life goes on.”
Everton now face a test after the international break to get back to their best, as the defeat saw them slip behind Manchester United in the league standings and under pressure from the likes of Watford, Burnley and Southampton.
The Toffees will be looking for three points against a struggling Swansea City side in two-weeks time, before a huge clash with Koeman’s former employers Southampton to finish the month.