Chelsea were expecting to beat Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, in what was a very important clash in Chelsea’s quest for top four.
Chelsea couldn’t capitalise on Tottenham and Manchester United’s drop in points as the Blues could only get a 1-1 draw having almost lost the game, but for a dying minute sublime strike from Eden Hazard.
Wolves who beat Chelsea 2-1 last season at the Molineux Stadium were a tough nut to crack at Stamford Bridge. They defended tight and blocked their defensive space by playing very deep, and the away side didn’t touch the ball in Chelsea’s box all through the first-half.
Surprisingly, the away side were the first to score from their first shot and touch in the Chelsea box when Raul Jimenez broke the deadlock on 56 minutes following a rapid Wolves counter-attack and just when many fans were beginning to fear the game would be lost, Eden Hazard curled the ball in from the edge of the area in injury time to earn Chelsea a point.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has slammed Wolves tactics and insisted that the away side didn’t come to play at Stamford Bridge.
“They [were] not organised, they defended in low density, they didn’t need any organisation in that case,” Sarri told BBC Sport.
“We made mistakes. Today we played against a team that didn’t want to play.
“So they stayed in the last 25 metres
[of the pitch]
and defended really well, without playing. ‘In that case, we need to move the ball faster and movement without the ball, otherwise it is impossible to score against ten players in 20 metres.
“We need to do more in that kind of situation. But I think also we were unlucky to concede the goal.”
However, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed that his players were disappointed to miss out on three points and insisted that his side came with an organised gameplan to beat Chelsea.
He said: “We performed well. It was the individual quality of one Chelsea player which allowed them to score.
“My players are sad because they know they had it. They’ve done a fantastic job. We were very organised and played with a great shape.”