Reaction: Setting targets

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Two of the players involved in yesterday’s 0-0 draw at Everton, Toni Rudiger and Marcos Alonso, felt the overall quality of our performance merited more than just one point.

Antonio Conte’s side were dominant from the start of the game and had a total of 25 shots on goal, but thanks to a combination of the crossbar, goal-line clearances and impressive saves by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the breakthrough never arrived.

‘Of course it’s very disappointing because I think we were the better team and we had a lot of chances to score but you have some days when it’s like that,’ said Rudiger. ‘You can even play for maybe three hours and you wouldn’t score.

‘We needed the three points so we have to keep going. We played a good match but we were just unlucky.’

Alonso, who returned to the starting line-up having missed the Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth through suspension, echoed the sentiments of his team-mate.

‘Yes, definitely,’ said the Spaniard, when asked if it was a case of two points lost, rather than one gained. ‘We were very unlucky not to win after controlling the whole game and having a lot of chances. But we take one point, it is what it is, very disappointing,

‘We knew it was going to be tough and as the game was passing it was getting harder because they were defending closer to their goal. The performance wasn’t bad, we just need to be more clinical.’

The Blues now face two consecutive home matches, with the visit of Brighton on Boxing Day preceding a game against Stoke City next Saturday, and Rudiger outlined our intentions in simple terms.

‘The target can only be six points,’ said the German. ‘It’s not easy but that’s our aim, that’s what we’re going for, we want six points.’

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