When Chelsea played Wolves the first time this season, a dull first 30 minutes was followed by a 7-goal explosion, with Chelsea winning 5-2.
This time, a dull first 40 minutes was followed by 2-goal explosion before half-time — Mason Mount with a picture perfect free kick after Alonso won a questionable foul; then Giroud not giving up after an initial save on a short-counter.
Chelsea emerged much more in control in the second half, which was precisely what was needed, especially with Wolves throwing on plenty of fresh legs, including Adama Traoré. But other than a couple strong runs from him, Chelsea dealt with the opposition very well all afternoon.
Both sides rang the changes as the half wore on, and all fluency dropped out of the game, which suited us just fine.
Job done. Champions League secured. Never in doubt.
- Only one voluntary change from midweek, with Caballero replacing Kepa in goal, as many expected, wanted, hoped for. Willian the other change, enforced through injury, with Pulisic getting the starting nod instead.
- Like-for-like subs, with both teams staying in 3-4-3 the entire time.
- 7th Premier League goal for Mount
- Giroud now on 10 goals for the season in all competitions.
- Chelsea finish fourth, as Manchester United beat Leicester City to stay third. Leicester finish fifth. Wolves drop to seventh, with Spurs earning a point against Crystal Palace and thus finishing sixth.
- Next up: FA CUP FINAL next weekend, against Arsenal