A really good performance and 3 points!
Chelsea travelled to Wolves expecting a tough game as most sides do even though Wolves are going through a slight period of Europa League fatigue. Many expected the usual 4-3-3 lineup but Lampard surprised many when he switched the lineup to a 3-4-3 with Kepa in goal, Rudiger, Christensen, and Tomori in defence, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, and Alonso in the 4 and Willian, Tammy and Mount upfront. Considering that Alonso was in the lineup and the fact that he plays better at left wing back the formation change made sense. Post match Lampard stated that the team has been using different formations and he wants the squad to be comfortable when changing them for different opponents. This is something that Sarri did not do enough and so it is a welcome sight, using the good work of both Conte and Sarri when needed. Nuno fielded a familiar lineup with Boly being the most noticeable miss in the team.
The game started off evenly with the first 30 minutes being played in both halves, Chelsea found it tough to break Wolves defence and Wolves were comfortable playing on the counter. The opening goal came in the 31st minute as the ball got laid off into Tomori’s path outside the penalty area and he curled one into the goal for his first senior team goal. Tomori became the third scorer for Chelsea this season and another academy graduate. The goal seemed to open the flood gates and after some brilliant play Mount broke into the box dribbled past a couple of defenders, seemed to have been brought down but the ricochet found Tammy who swivelled and expertly finished to make it 2-0 in the 34th minute. Tammy then added his second of the game in the 41st minute after a good cross from Alonso and some great play to create space and head the ball in. 3 consecutive games with 2 goals and Tammy and Chelsea were flying into the 2nd half.
The 2nd half started with Chelsea slightly off the pace but Tammy completed his hattrick in the 55th minute after dribbling past Coady and finishing past Patricio. Wolves began to grow into the game and a header was saved by Kepa only for it to ricochet off of Tammy to give Wolves a goal in the 69th minute. Chelsea did well to hold on for the next few minutes but Cutrone popped up to give Wolves their 2nd after another shot had been saved by Kepa but deflected into the Italian strikers path. It looked like the game would end on a low note but Michy did well to create some space for himself and he laid it off to Mount for him to make it 5 for Chelsea in extra time. 2-5 for Lampard to take to London and Chelsea climb up to 6th in the table.
Player wise Kepa was good, he was not at fault for the two goals and overall was decent. Rudiger was strong for 45 minutes but came off at half time for Zouma after feeling some pain in his groin, Christensen was solid and Tomori proved the doubters wrong after a brilliant goal and a solid shift at the back. Azpilicueta was comfortable at right wing back while Alonso was back to where he plays best and showed that he liked it. The spaniard got an assist and got some good credit to his name under Lampard. Jorginho and Kovacic did a lot of thankless work in the pivot and Jorginho also got his 2nd assist of the season and easily could have had one or two more. Willian was good although I still feel his days as a starter are numbered while Mount worked hard throughout and got a goal for his hard work in the end. Tammy now has 7 goals in his last 3 games and his clearly enjoying life at the moment all he needs to do is keep his head down and continue on this path and the rewards and plaudits will keep coming towards him. Zouma came on for the 2nd half and was solid although one could argue that the back three looked more solid with Rudiger. Barkley was better when he came on as he drove the ball forward and kept it well in pressure situations. Michy was the last substitution and he had a good 15 minutes on the pitch creating a couple of chances for himself and getting an assist for Mount.
The hard work continues for Lampard and Chelsea as Valencia are next in the Champions League. Slowly and steadily players are returning from injuries and Chelsea should only gain confidence going forward. Keep our head down do the hard work and the momentum will carry us to our goals. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!