Chelsea faltered again by falling to Wolverhampton 1-2 on Tuesday evening, opening the 13th round of the English Premier League.
Olivier Giroud (49) scored the Chelsea goal, while Daniel Podence (66) and Pedro Neto (90 + 5) scored Wolverhampton’s goals.
This defeat came three days after Chelsea lost 1-0 to Everton, so his balance stuck at 22 points in 5th place, while Wolverhampton’s balance rose to 20 points in 9th place.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard did not change his way of playing, as he resorted to a 4-3-3 method, so Thiago Silva and Kurt Zuma played in the depth of the back line, with the support of the backs James and Ben Chilwell, and the presence of N’Golo Kante as a fulcrum, while the duo moved Mason Mount and Kai Havertz, behind the attacking trio of Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Giroud.
On the other hand, Wolverhampton coach Nuno Espirito Santo resorted to the 3-4-3 play method, where the back line was from Willy Boly, Conor Coady and Romain Saïss, and there were Nélson Semedo and Fernando Marçal on both sides, Leander Dendoncker and Rúben Neves were stationed behind the attacking trio Pedro Neto, Fabio Silva and Daniel Podence.
The first opportunity came in the 5th minute in favor of the landowner, when Netto executed a corner kick, which Saiss header put it next to the far post.
Coady tried his chance with a powerful shot away from the goal in the 7th minute, and Zuma failed to follow up on Chelsea’s free kick in the 13th minute.
The Wolverhampton defense prevented Werner from scoring in the 15th minute when he blocked his shot due to a solo effort on the left side, and Chilwell returned to take a free kick, and Giroud’s head deviated it, but his attempt went over the goal in the 20th minute.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy starred in blocking Neto’s shot in the 22nd minute, then it was Semedo’s turn to fire a long shot that settled in the empty stands in the 31st minute.
Chelsea’s risk of set pieces continued in the remainder of the first half, and Zuma almost did it in the last minutes, when his header bounced off the bar after a corner kick.
Four minutes into the second half, Chelsea managed to open the scoring, when Giroud followed up with a craft despite a defender standing in front of a low cross from the left side of Chilwell, so that the ball crossed the goal line before being driven away by Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patrício.
Havertz tried to follow the ball with his head in front of the goal without succeeding in the 54th minute, and Wolverhampton responded two minutes later, when Fabio Silva scored a goal that was canceled by the referee for offside.
Wolverhampton made an offensive substitution by involving Adama Traore in place of Fabio Silva, and was able to equalize the score in the 66th minute, when Bodensee received substitute Otasowie’s pass, to manipulate the defense before he fired a tricky ball towards the near post, which passed Mendy and settled in the net.
Lampard worked to activate his attack, by involving Tammy Abraham and Mateo Kovacic in the place of Giroud and Havertz.
Semedo almost scored the goal for Wolverhampton in the 78th minute, but he chosed to pass instead of shooting, and his pass was bounced by Chelsea’s defense.
The referee calculated a penalty kick for Wolverhampton in the 81st minute, after a Coalescence between Neto and James, before he reversed his decision after using the VAR technology.
And Chelsea tried to regain their lead in the remaining minutes, so Abraham failed to follow a shot from Kovacic in the 84th minute, and a free kick by Chilwell passed over the bar.
Wolves sensed a Chelsea vulnerability and with Neto in confident mood, they broke quickly and got Neto one-on-one with Zouma. The Chelsea man backed off and Neto took full advantage, driving into the box and shooting into the far corner to give Wolves’ a priceless 3 points.