Chelsea’s slightly subdued start has evolved into a fairly controlled first-half performance, with plenty of enterprising play, especially on the left wing but very few open play possibilities. Wolves were largely comfortable with repelled attacks and seeking counterattacks, with some dangerous possession spells as well.
Chelsea have come close to scoring at least twice on first-half set pieces, with Oliver Giroud and Kurt Zouma both winning by clear heads at corners but heads just above and headed for the crossbar, respectively.
Chelsea came out with good intentions in the second half and found their first goal in five minutes. Much of our open play threat had come from the left, and again it was from there that Chilwell’s cross was blocked by Giroud. The ball crossed the line maybe an inch, but that’s all it needs!
Unfortunately, Chelsea couldn’t build on that lead and instead it was the Wolves who responded strongly, eventually finding the equalizer through Podence’s skilled feet. Of course, the chance and the shot should never have happened because the corner kick it came from should never have been awarded: the replays showed that the ball came out of Boly instead of Thiago Silva. Why not use technology in these cases?
Then it got a bit emotional, with both sides wanting to win, with a couple of critical points and even some yellow cards.
And just as it looked like we’d have to settle for 1-1, a Wolves counter-attack gave Pedro Neto the chance to run Zouma 1-on-1, and he beat Mendy with a precise low shot in the far corner.
- Lampard rolls with the 10 of WAGNH’s favorite 11, opting to give Havertz another start, this time as part of the midfield trio along with Mount and Kante. Giroud gets another top start up, with Pulisic in shape and starting lineup for the first time in four games.
- Equal changes for Kovacic for Havertz (probably a few minutes late) and Abraham for Giroud. Lampard once again does not use all of his substitutes.
- Chelsea scored with our first short on goal in the match and first shot on goal in over 100 minutes of play!
- Mendy conceded more than 1 goal for the first time in his Chelsea career.
- Lots of good and bad uses of technology in this one. Good: goal line technology; VAR review on Neto dive. Bad: I should never have been a corner of the Wolves and such binary decisions is where we should be using technology first and foremost.
- Chelsea lose the chance to take the lead and stay in 5th place. It is unlikely to stay there with the other games coming this midweek round.
- Next appointment: West Ham at home on Monday