Chelsea played a 1-1 draw with Wolves on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, but it’s one of those games where the scores didn’t tell the full story.
Chelsea dominated the game with 76 percent ball possession, but it was Wolves who struck first as Raul Jimenez broke the deadlock in the 56th minute in what was Wolves first touch in the Chelsea box.
Wolves had only one gameplan all game to sit back and defend, and they caught Chelsea unaware from a counterattack to score. It had to take a 92nd minute stoppage time goal from Eden Hazard to earn Chelsea a point.
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek who was a substitute in that game has revealed that teams tend to be afraid of Chelsea that’s why they sit deep and defend.
“We knew Wolves would come here and set up like that,” the 23-year-old said.
“It shows teams are threatened by our creativity and want to sit back and get us on the counter. We switched off and conceded.
“We had all the possession but couldn’t break them down. Credit to Wolves, they were really compact and hard to break down. We needed to move the ball faster and find something different, some magic to open up the defence because it was tight in there. So credit to them but we needed something more.
“We tried to throw everything forward and got a good goal from Eden in the last minute. We saved a loss but we wanted the win, and really it feels like two points lost. We’re disappointed.”
Although the goal hurt our top four chances, Chelsea still have a good chance of finishing in a Champions League spot.
Four points separate the four teams now, though we do have a game in hand on those above us, with fellow Londoners Tottenham and Arsenal 3rd and 4th, and Manchester United 5th on the table.
Loftus-Cheek believes that Chelsea have a lot to play for and that the Blues can still finish in the top four.
“It’s still all to play for,” Loftus-Cheek stressed.
“It’s been up and down for us but we will keep going, keep working hard in training. The points gap is not too big, so we keep going and try to get these wins.”