Wolverhampton Wanderers – Chelsea: Implacable Wolves Take Chelsea By Surprise With Second-Half Comeback (2-1)

Chelsea looked very comfortable in the first half, but were completely taken by surprise by Wolves after the interval. The home team compensated the difference in quality by showing some great fighting spirit combined with a brave game plan, eventually securing their first win since early October.

Tactical analysis by Rowdy Nossent.

Going into this match, Wolves did not manage to win any of their last seven Premier League matches. In order to stay away from the relegation zone, three points were definitely needed for Nuno Espírito Santo and his team. Chelsea got two wins in their last four Premier League games and with the huge weekend fixture against Manchester City coming up, Sarri’s men were seeking a win at Molineux.

There were two changes in Wolverhampton’s line-up compared to the 2-1 defeat against Cardiff last Friday. Romain Saïss replaced the suspended Rúben Neves in central midfield and Morgan Gibbs-White and Diogo Jota were playing instead of Adama Traoré and Heldér Costa. Formation-wise there were no changes made, as Wolves were playing in the well-known 3-4-3 formation.

Chelsea-coach Sarri made a total of five changes, compared to the 2-0 win over Fulham last Sunday. David Luiz, Jorginho, Mateo Kovačić, Pedro and Olivier Giroud were all dropped to the bench and were replaced by Andreas Christensen, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Willian and Álvaro Morata. Just like Wolves, Chelsea did not tweak their formation and started the game in their usual 4-3-3 shape.

Both teams' general movements and positioning when Chelsea was in possession.

Chelsea’s domination and . . .

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Rowdy Nossent (24) is interested in football tactics and everything that goes with that. Started coaching youth teams quite early, as he has been doing this for ten years now. Feyenoord Rotterdam is his main club, but watches football from all over Europe. Tends to give his opinion on teams without a proper game plan. Prefers Serie A or Bundesliga. [ View all posts ]

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