Another game, another woeful performance from the champions as Wolves beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Jose Bosingwa’s own goal.
Didier Drogba did hit the outside of the post in the second half, and both Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda went close, but The Blues look a broken side as they ran out of ideas against the side who went into the game second bottom of the Premier League.
Kalou came in for Anelka and Ivanovic reverted to centre half following the 3-3 draw with Villa on Sunday, but it made no difference as Carlo Ancelotti’s side have now won just twice in their last eleven games.
The only goal of the night came after just six minutes; pantomime villain Stephen Hunt’s corner was missed by Elokobi before bouncing off Bosingwa and past Cech.
It was a nightmare start for the champions, who would’ve been hoping to build on the determination they showed against Villa.
But they looked flat and short of ideas as genuine chances were few and far between.
Kalou almost restored parity but his trickling effort was flicked away by the boot of the wrong-footed Wayne Hennessey in the visitor’s only real opening in the first period.
After the break there was some territorial improvement, but sloppy passing and a lack of any cutting edge whatsoever hindered Chelsea.
Kalou again had the chance to level but slid wide of the far post, Malouda doing the same later in the half whilst Didier Drogba found the upright with his shot on the turn.
But the hosts matched Ancelotti’s team, with Hunt curling a free kick onto the bar and then hesitating when in behind, allowing John Terry and co to recover.
Whilst nothing can be taken away from Wolves, the likes of Stearman and Elokobi at the back were exceptional; the real lack of fight from the champions was the main cause of their downfall.
Chelsea look a broken team and are now on their worst run for 14 years. The stats just keep getting uglier, much like the football.
Too often tonight, the ball was given away needlessly in midfield, be it a loose pass or poor control, Wolves were able to strangle The Blues in the centre and frustrate them.
It’s a sign of the changing times that when these sides met in the reverse fixture, a 2-0 win saw Chelsea go five points clear, that was only in October.
Didier Drogba suddenly looks an isolated front man, whilst the wingers drift inside so often, and then give the ball away so regularly that it almost looks like we want to be hit on the counter.
This crumbling of confidence, coupled with the simple fact that the rest of the Premier League have worked out and can now counter our 4-3-3 system means Chelsea don’t just look an average side, right now they look a poor one.
Even Ashley Cole, so often over the last 18 months the best player on the park looks nervous on the ball and vulnerable when defending.
Something massive needs to change in order to salvage this campaign; because this is no longer a ‘blip’ or a ‘bad moment’, this is a crisis.
But, ending on a slightly better note, did you see the score from Ewood Park?
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Bosingwa, Terry, Essien, Ramires (Sturridge 72), Lampard, Malouda (Kakuta 79), Drogba, Kalou (Anelka 66)
Wolves: Hennessey, Elokobi, Stearman, Berra, Zubar, Foley, Edwards, Hunt, Jarvis, Fletcher (Ebanks-Blake 69) (Milijas 82), Doyle (Ward 70)