Updated: May 12
A Romelu Lukaku brace was cancelled out by a late Wolves comeback as Chelsea dropped more points at Stamford Bridge.
Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
After announcing the proposed sale of the club in the early hours of the morning, Todd Boehly was in attendance as Chelsea hosted an out-of-form Wolves on Saturday afternoon.
In the previous three meetings between the two teams, each game has resulted in a 0-0 draw. On top of this, the Blues had not beat their opponents in their previous four attempts. With Bruno Lage absent on the touchline – alongside Wolves’ poor form – it seemed as if the reigning European Champions were going to be up for the occasion.
Inside the opening 20 minutes of the game, the hosts had attempts from Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic – with the German’s the only effort to force a save from José Sá.
Despite the attacks Chelsea were unable to carve any significant opportunities, which is exactly what Wolves did on the 22nd minute. A free-kick out wide led to a glorious chance for Romain Saïss, who fluffed his lines just yards in front of goal.
Just after the half hour mark, Chelsea had the ball in the back of the net following a ruthless finish for Timo Werner. However, the goal failed to stand as Peter Bankes penalised the attacker for a foul on Saïss, which was alleged made during the movement of his run.
Four minutes later, Marcos Alonso’s cross bobbled its way through to the back post where Ruben Loftus-Cheek was able to pounce. The Blues thought they had the opener this time, only for the another goal to be disallowed followed the intervention of VAR.
In what was an action packed first half, more was still to come as Pedro Neto led a Wolves counter-attacker. The 22-year-old saw his shot saved by Édouard Mendy, with Leander Dendoncker then making a mess of the chance with his shot on the rebound.
There were later chances for Romelu Lukaku and Rayan Aït-Nouri, but neither were able to capitalise. Despite the catalogue of chances and two disallowed goals, the two teams went into half-time goalless.
The action in the second half took off exactly where it was left. Chelsea started brightly in the opening minutes of play, which included Timo Werner testing Sá again.
On the 53rd minute, Romelu Lukaku disposed Romain Saïss inside the penalty area with the Belgian immediately hitting the deck after a tangle of legs. After another lengthy VAR check, Peter Bankes pointed to the spot with Lukaku then converting his sixth Premier League goal of the season.
Two minutes after the opener, Lukaku was on target again as he guided the ball into the bottom corner from distance. Although Wolves are a defensively sound team, they will be frustrated in conceded the two goals – with both coming from defensive mistakes.
On the 73rd minute, substitute Hwang Hee-Chan came close to biting back for the visitors. The attacker looked to convert one of Wolves’ many chances, but was denied by an on-rushing Mendy.
Six minutes later, Trincão got the goal that the visitors deserved as the Portuguese international superbly placed the ball into the top corner. Suddenly, Chelsea were on the ropes as their opponents raised the tempo over the remaining 10 minutes.
With an additional six minutes of stoppage time added, Wolves left it late before firing in an equaliser in the dying second through skipper Conor Coady. Chelsea’s struggles continued, with the game then finishing 2-2.
After the Whistle:
The result marked the fourth consecutive draw between the two sides. Although it seemed as if Chelsea crumbled, Wolves could have easily won the game through the long list of chances that they had from the opening whistle. The visitors fully deserved the point, and on another day could’ve took all three against the Blues.
Although the reason remains unknown, Chelsea have looked a shadow of themselves in recent weeks. In their last seven Premier League games, Thomas Tuchel’s side have taken just eight points. Their place in the top four should be safe, but the European Champions will have to raise their game in the remaining fixtures to keep their place in the top three.
Tuchel and his group will hope to do exactly that on Wednesday, as Chelsea travel to Elland Road against a Leeds side fighting relegation.
For Wolves the result marked an end to their losing streak, which could help rally a positive string of results to close the season. Bruno Lage’s side will next be in action on Wednesday against Manchester City.
Chelsea 2-2 Wolves.
- Lukaku (56’ pen, 58’).
- Trincão (79’)
- Coady (90+7’).
BBC Sports Player of the Match:
Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Mendy; Azpilicueta © (87’), Silva, Rüdiger; James, Loftus-Cheek, Kovačić, Alonso (45’); Pulisic; Lukaku (90’), Werner.
- Subs: Saúl (45’), Sarr (87’), Havertz (90’).
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-5-2): Sá; Boly, Coady ©, Saïss (71’); Jonny, Dendoncker, Neves (77’), Moutinho, Aït-Nouri; Jiménez, Neto (70’).
- Subs: Hee-Chan (70’), Chiquinho (71’), Trincão (77’).
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