A somewhat sluggish start from Chelsea evolved into a fairly controlled performance in the first half, with a lot of enterprising play, especially on the left flank, but very little chance of open play. The wolves were mostly comfortable, repelling attacks and looking for the opposite, with a few dangerous spells in their possession.
Chelsea came close to scoring at least twice from set pieces in the first half, with Oliver Giroud and Kurt Zouma winning both clear headers at the corners, but with their heads over and heading for the crossbar respectively.
Chelsea came out with good intentions in the second half and found the opening goal in five minutes. Much of our threat in the open game came from the left, and again, from there, Chilwell’s cross was returned home by Giroud. The ball crossed the line by maybe an inch, but that’s all he needs!
Unfortunately, Chelsea could not rely on this advantage and instead Wolves was the one who responded strongly, eventually finding a draw through the skillful legs of Podence. Of course, the chance and the shot should never have happened from the corner he came from should never have been given – the replays showed that the ball came out of Boly rather than Thiago Silva. Why not use technology in these cases?
It became a little emotional after that, with both sides wanting to win, resulting in a few flash points and a few yellow cards as well.
And just as it looked like we were going to have to settle for 1-1, a Wolves counter gave Pedro Neto a chance to run to Zouma 1-v-1 and beat Mendy with a precise shot into the far corner.
It’s not good.
- Lampard moves with 10 of WAGNH’s 11 favorites, choosing to give Havertz a fresh start, this time back as part of the midfield trio with Mount and Kante. Giroud gets a new top start, with Pulisic behind and in the starting lineup for the first time in four games.
- Similar changes in Kovacic for Havertz (probably a few minutes too late) and Abraham for Giroud. Lampard didn’t use all his substitutes again.
- Chelsea scored with our first short on goal in the game and the first shot on goal in over 100 minutes of play!
- Mendy accepts more than one goal for the first time in Chelsea’s career.
- Lots of good and bad uses of technology in this. Good: gate line technology; VAR review on Neto diving. Too bad: it should never have been a corner of the Wolves and such binary decisions should use technology first.
- Chelsea miss the chance to move up to first place and stay in 5th place. It is unlikely that I will stay there with the other games that will appear in this round in the middle of the week.
- Next: West Ham home Monday