Maurizio Sarri faced up to his second Premier League defeat yesterday, a 2-1 comeback defeat to Wolves who were on a six match winless streak.
What that result meant for Chelsea last night was that they are now 10 points behind league leaders and champions Manchester City and eight behind Liverpool – while also just holding on to a top four position on goal difference.
CFCnet looks at the top five things learned in what could be a damaging defeat away at Molineux, with the club having just a couple of days to rebound before the visit of Manchester City.
‘Worrying’ times for manager Maurizio Sarri
In the traditional pre-game questions the manager Maurizio Sarri was bluntly honest in his analysis of the game and directly at his players claiming that “I am really worried.”
However, this wasn’t a response to the actual result of the game, but that the team “…didn’t react to the first goal of the opponent.”
Chelsea players are too confident
Sometimes my players show me that they have too much confidence,” those were the slightly confusing words after the match by the Chelsea manager. However, perhaps you can see his point considering the performance was good up until the Jimenez equaliser, and the Blues should have killed the game before that. However, complacency undoubtedly creeped in and the result is a sucker-punch which could bring the ‘too confident’ players back down to earth for a dose of reality – no Premier League game is a guaranteed win.
Title charge turned top four battle
Keeping on the heels of Manchester City this season was always going to be paramount to the Blues mounting a title charge, but a couple of defeats and a draw to Everton has seen the gap grow to 10 points. Defeat on Saturday again or even a draw could send Sarri’s side out of the top four for the first time this season. Players have to react to this mini slump in-form because London rivals Arsenal and Spurs are showing no signs of their forms dipping. Chelsea don’t want to rely on winning the Europa League to get back to the Tuesday and Wednesday night top table.
Underperforming too often
Willian was a bit awful against Wolves, never really doing enough and turned statue when he lost the ball that ended up being the winning goal by Jota. Andreas Christensen came in to the centre and had a bit of a nightmare in the second-half and could have done more with both Wolves goals. Marcos Alonso too had a bad time of it and just looked poor in general, especially his crossing. Big time reactions are needed from these key players on Saturday.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has to start against City
Yet another goal for Ruben Loftus-Cheek on Wednesday, taking his tally to two in two and six for the season in 10 appearances. Momentum has to be kept and while there will be changes on Saturday vs City, RBL has to start as his form proves that he’s bang in-form and has a point to prove to the manager. No midfielder can boast such a goal record for the Blues this season – he is the club’s third highest scorer, two behind Eden Hazard but they both have the same shots on target percentage of 75%, but RBL has played just 516 minutes compared to Hazard’s 1087 minutes this season.

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