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Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League: Post-match reaction, ratings


Chelsea FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Chelsea dominated the first half from minute one to minute last, but it took a long time to find the breakthrough, despite multiple excellent chances.

In fact, Chelsea only took the lead with the final action of the period, in added-on time, as Kai Havertz looped the ball over the goalkeeper with a header from a Mason Mount cross. Havertz had come close to scoring earlier, as had Mount, as had Pulisic, as had Loftus-Cheek, as had Azpilicueta, as had Chalobah, even.

Wolves made a halftime change and improved markedly after the break, but Christian Pulisic’s goal early in the second half made most of the second 45 a formality. Chelsea came close a couple times, though also had some shaky moments at the back, especially with Adama Traoré causing a bit of havoc. Marc Cucurella made one excellent block to help preserve the clean sheet.

Armando Broja then put the icing on the cake with his first senior Chelsea goal.


  • No fewer than seven changes from midweek, with only Kepa, Koulibaly, Mount, and Loftus-Cheek keeping their spots. Another formation switch as well, with Chelsea going back to the back-four.
  • Switch to a back-three on 72 minutes, with James coming on to wing-back and Azpi dropping into the back-three: Chalobah central, K2 left-center.
  • Chukwuemeka finally gets his debut. Zakaria not even on the bench.
  • Broja first ever senior Chelsea goal!
  • 13 shots in the first half, 11 from inside the area (@ExpectedChelsea)
  • Back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since February
  • Diego Costa lap of honor in the middle of the match was hilarious
  • Next up: AC Milan at the San Siro on Tuesday


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