Christmas Misery For Chelsea After 2:1 Defeat To Wolves

Christmas Misery For Chelsea After 2:1 Defeat To Wolves
  • PublishedDecember 24, 2023

Chelsea suffered their fourth defeat in six matches on Sunday when Wolves beat them 2-1 in the first Christmas Eve Premier League match since 1995.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men dominated possession at Molineux but wasted their chances in a captivating game littered with careless mistakes by the visiting side.

Wolves were put 2:0 up by Mario Lemina and Matt Doherty but were made to sweat when Christopher Nkunku pulled one back on his Premier League debut.

The inconsistent Chelsea were stuck in 10th position with the defeat meaning a miserable Christmas for the team. inconsistent Chelsea,

There were chances at both ends early in the game.

Nelson Samedo burst forward but could not find Matheus Cunha on the left before Armando Broja stumbled on the ball in the box at the other end when well placed.

Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson was also guilty of failing to make the most of some good openings.

Chelsea wasted a gilt-edged opportunity to take the lead shortly after the half-hour mark when Raheem Sterling caught Joao Gomes in possession 40 yards out and drove forward.

The England forward was one-on-one with Jose Sa with two players to his right but he opted to shoot rather than pass and it was saved by the Wolves goalkeeper.

Wolves broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Lemina did not even need to get off the ground to head a Pablo Sarabia corner home.

Substitute Nkunku came agonisingly close to equalising when his shot was hacked off the line and Chelsea were left to rue the missed chance
as Wolves doubled their lead in stoppage time.

France international Nkunku pulled one back when he headed home in the 96th minute but Gary O’Neil’s side hung on to take all three points.

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