The Blues had the ball at the back of Wolves’ internet twice within the first interval, however Timo Werner‘s aim was chalked off for a foul on Romain Saiss and Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s was dominated out for offside.
Romelu Lukaku bought the primary on the scoreboard from the spot, having gained a penalty, then added a swift second.
Chelsea asserted themselves nicely very early within the recreation by controlling the play. The truth they’d the ball within the internet twice earlier than the break reveals they have been additionally able to opening up Wolves’ defence — even when the targets have been dominated out. Despite wanting stretched at instances, the defence did sufficient to make sure Edouard Mendy did not need to do something for big durations. Will be very encouraging that they scored two targets so rapidly within the second interval.
Chelsea’s play was pedestrian at instances within the first half, and there have been additionally durations the place the hosts confirmed an absence of creativity. Plenty of set items have been utterly wasted earlier than half-time, whereas the second ruled-out aim confirmed an absence of conviction. They will even be fearful by how simple it was for Wolves to counter at factors. There shall be frustration round Chelsea’s contribution to Wolves’ first aim and their lack of ability to see out the sport.
Manager ranking (out of 10)
Thomas Tuchel, 6 – Made a change at half-time and the workforce got here out displaying much more intent, going two targets up inside 13 minutes. Considering his facet has gained one among their previous three video games, he might be more than happy with the efficiency for many of the second half and outcome. His late modifications weren’t sufficient to carry on to the three factors.
Player scores (1-10; 10 = finest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Edouard Mendy, 6 — Had nothing to do till he made a great save to disclaim Pedro Neto shortly earlier than half-time, although he may have been punished for pushing the ball again right into a harmful space. After one other lengthy interval with out something to do, he rushed out to disclaim Hwang Hee-Chan. There was nothing he may do to disclaim Trincao or Coady.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 7 — Showed his defensive intelligence to make sure Jonny did not get a transparent likelihood however was booked within the twenty eighth minute for catching Neto with an arm to the face. Made some nice bursts ahead within the second half and sometimes defended nicely.
DF Thiago Silva, 5 — Cleaned up nicely when it appeared Neto may get by way of early on earlier than he stole the ball from the winger in his personal field. Was fortunate Saiss could not discover the goal after he utterly missed a cross into the field, then noticed Trincao hit a late shot extensive after being unable to sort out the winger. Didn’t do sufficient to cease Coady scoring late on.
DF Antonio Rudiger, 5 — Some of his balls ahead regarded speculative, whereas he may have scored himself within the build-up to Loftus-Cheek’s aim being disallowed. Could have performed extra to cease Trincao reducing in for Wolves’ aim.
MF Reece James, 6 — Often defended nicely, making a key header to disclaim Neto on the again submit. Hit an try comfortably over the crossbar. Came agonisingly near discovering the nook after catching out Jose Sa with a intelligent free kick. However, he was poor for Coady’s late equaliser.
MF Mateo Kovacic, 6 — Played a pleasant move to create an opportunity for Werner, then discovered Lukaku in a great place with a beautiful ball. Also moved the ball nicely in deeper positions. Drove into the field nicely however his shot was saved. Was dispossessed within the buildup to Wolves’ aim then bought in Rudiger’s approach as Trincao minimize inside.
MF Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 7 — Moved the ball nicely all through and was unlucky to have a aim dominated out for offside. Drove Chelsea ahead impressively at instances.
MF Marcos Alonso, 5 — Many of his set-piece deliveries have been uncharacteristically poor, with one free kick going straight into the wall. Could have performed higher defensively at instances.
FW Christian Pulisic, 8 — Was Chelsea’s most artistic participant, working some room for himself however being unable to search out the goal. The winger then slid by way of a pleasant ball for Werner’s disallowed aim. Capitalised on Wolves’ mistake and slipped Lukaku by way of for the second aim. Overhit his move for Werner when he may have performed the German in on aim.
FW Romelu Lukaku, 9 — In the primary half, he noticed his first shot blocked, missed Kovacic’s move after making a great run, then saved Saiss off earlier than hitting a good shot that was saved. His willpower to dispossess Saiss led to the penalty that he confidently dispatched, then the Belgian quickly added one other with a scientific end.
FW Timo Werner, 6 — Made some clever runs and was unfortunate to see his shot saved by Sa, then bought behind Saiss, however his aim was dominated out for a foul on the Moroccan participant. Was denied by a implausible save early within the second interval however struggled along with his finish product after that.
Saul Niguez, 6 — Replaced Alonso at half-time and did the fundamentals nicely whereas additionally stepping into some good positions within the center at instances.
Kai Havertz, N/R – Replaced Lukaku within the 91st minute and hit a shot extensive after getting a little bit of area for himself within the field.