Maurizio Sarri
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Chelsea drew 1-1 against Wolves yesterday, in a game that effectively went exactly as we expected it to.

The Blues dominated possession for large periods, without threatening excessively, then were caught on the break to go 1-0 down. Only a late strike from Eden Hazard rescued a point.

It was a scenario we’ve seen too often this season, including in the reverse fixture against Wolves, and watching it unfold just as we feared – and predicted – was painful.

We wrote before the game that what would have the difference for Chelsea in this edition of the fixture would be having the sharpness of Gonzlao Higuain added up front. In fact, it wasn’t a lack of goals that hurt us, but a lack of solidity at the back. The goal that our opposition was able to score on the counter was so soft, and undid all of that time building pressure and controlling the ball.

In the end, Sarri threw it all out of the window, changed formation and got a point thanks to some individual brilliance from Eden Hazard. But that doesn’t change the fact that we were blunt in attack, sloppy in defence, and that the system we played for 70 minutes was basically unable to threaten Wolves.

Not what we wanted to see, and serious questions are still being asked about Sarri’s long-term suitability.

 

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