The Premier League rejected Chelsea’s request to postpone this match, so our undermanned and overworked team had to take on an ever-annoying Wolves side that don’t concede many and score just as little.
Chelsea made a decent start, but after the first few minutes, Wolves came into the ascendancy, not being troubled at the back and countering effectively. One of those lightning-quick counters even had the ball in the back of the net — Daniel “Turns Into Mbappé Against Chelsea” Podence scoring — but it was ruled out by a late flag from the linesman, and rightly so. (Jiménez whiffed on his shot but influenced the goalkeeper’s actions.)
The match continued without either side creating anything of significance until added-on time, when Chelsea put the Wolves goal under consistent pressure for the first time all game though not before Dendoncker missed a wide open header in the Chelsea penalty area.
Tuchel saw it fit to put in Saúl at half-time, which was certainly a choice. Chelsea did start the second period brightly and created several dangerous situations, but did not test the goalkeeper. Wolves then grew back into the game, though Chelsea retained control to a large degree.
Unfortunately, facing one of the staunches defenses in the league that kept both City to Liverpool to just 1 goal, we were not really able to create (m)any clear chances. The one fantastic chance we did manage to create was wasted by Pulisic twelve minutes from time.
Two more points dropped.
- Two changes from Thursday, both enforced with Jorginho and Loftus-Cheek getting ruled out through injury. They get replaced by two players returning from injury, Kanté and Chalobah. Chalobah off at the half for Saúl.
- COVID list now stands at seven, and it wouldn’t be surprising if it just kept growing.
- City beat Newcastle easily and now have a six-point lead at the top.
- Next up: Brentford in the League Cup quaterfinal on Wednesday (unless postponed) or Villa away in the league next Sunday (unless postponed).