Chelsea’s Premier League title charge suffered a further setback on Tuesday evening as they were defeated 2-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
After a drab opening 45 minutes, Chelsea hit the front just four minutes into the second half, with Frenchman Olivier Giroud firing home his eighth goal of the season.
However, Chelsea’s hopes of going to top of the table were snatched away from them, as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side turned the game on its head, first equalising through Daniel Podence before Pedro Neto netted a dramatic late winner in stoppage time, after the Blues had committed bodies forward in the hope of finding a winner of their own.
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Neto’s winner, which secured a second win for Wolves in their last three meetings with Chelsea at Molineux, condemned the Blues to a second successive Premier League defeat, meaning they have been brought back down to earth with a sudden bump following a 14-game unbeaten run.
Though head coach Frank Lampard will have been disappointed by his side’s last two results, particularly the manner of them, with them struggling to create chances, Chelsea should still be considered as genuine title challengers, with them only six points off table-toppers Liverpool with more than half of the season remaining.
However, the lack of creativity that Chelsea have shown in their last two matches – against both Everton and Wolves – will be a slight concern to Lampard, with his players having struggled to make things happen in the final third without Hakim Ziyech weaving his magic.
Though Lampard has been robbed of Ziyech due to an unfortunate hamstring problem, he still has the likes of Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner capable of making things happen.
For whatever reason, though, things have not quite been clicking…