Chelsea Player Ratings vs Wolves: Caicedo, Gusto, others dismal as Palmer, Mudryk put up fight

For the second time in a week, Chelsea conceded four in an embarrassing defeat, but this was not against Liverpool away.

Matheus Cunha scored a HAT-TRICK as the visitors ran riot at Stamford Bridge with pressure mounting on under-fire Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino after another avoidable loss.

Djordje Petrovic – 5

The exposed Serb made several big saves to keep Chelsea in it but couldn’t do much about the goals.

Malo Gusto – 3

The defender kept putting Chelsea in danger with his passing, was booked midway through the first half and gave away a penalty.

Axel Disasi – 5

The centre-back was the best of a bad bunch and unlucky to see a shot deflect in off his attempted block, which went down as an own goal.

Thiago Silva – 5

Cunha’s shot unluckily deflected off the 39-year-old, but he looked sluggish at the back.

Ben Chilwell – 5

The vice-captain was aggressive but couldn’t handle the exceptional Pedro Neto.

Enzo Fernandez – 4

The most advanced of the midfielders at times but was poor defensively when Wolves were in transition.

Moises Caicedo – 3

The British transfer record signing set up Palmer’s goal but was caught in possession multiple times, including for Cunha’s equaliser, and was taken off early.

Cole Palmer – 7

Palmer netted his 12th goal for Chelsea in all competitions to cap off a brilliant move and was the only positive performer.

Conor Gallagher – 4

Involved in the first goal but kept giving away possession.

Raheem Sterling – 4

The winger was booed off after a wasteful display in which he missed an important chance to equalise

Christopher Nkunku – 4

The Frenchman looked a little rusty running through on goal early on and was entirely anonymous.

Substitutes

Nicolas Jackson – 5

The striker was a much-needed change for his struggling side but missed a good headed opportunity.

Mykhailo Mudryk – 6

The Ukrainian got on the ball at least when on the pitch and set up Silva’s goal.

Carney Chukwuemeka – 5

The midfielder made almost no impact after coming on.

Alfie Gilchrist – N/A

Benoit Badiashile – N/A

Unused subs: Bettinelli, Bergstrom, Casadei, Madueke.

Chelsea stars booed off at Stamford Bridge as fans endure shambolic wolves defeat

Chelsea were booed off at Stamford Bridge as Wolves delivered a 4-2 hammer blow defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s hopes of qualifying for Europe.

Cole Palmer had fired Chelsea into an early lead before Matheus Cunha’s deflected effort dragged the visitors level only minutes later. That suckerpunch left the Blues reeling and it was little surprise to see Wolves ahead before the break through Axel Disasi’s own goal.

Cunha scored twice in the second half to notch a deserved hat-trick on a miserable day for the hosts, who cut the deficit through a Thiago Silva consolation.

That Chelsea went ahead so early was in keeping with not only their fine home form, entering this game on a ten-match unbeaten run at the Bridge, but also the fast start made by both teams.

Wolves’ high press forced errors from the home team as both Pedro Neto and Cunha tested Djordje Petrovic before Christopher Nkunku was denied one-on-one inside the first five minutes.

A slick left-to-right move created the opening goal as Moises Caicedo played Palmer into the box, and the 21-year-old finished low into the far corner for his 12th Chelsea goal of the season.

Just over two minutes later, Wolves levelled when Joao Gomes stole the ball off Caicedo and Cunha’s shot cannoned in off Silva.

The Blues provided little in the way of a response as they continued to make errors in possession and it was a swift Wolves attack that put them ahead just before the break, Neto crossed for Rayan Ait-Nouri to strike goalwards on his 100th appearance for the club and it went in via a deflection off Disasi.

Chelsea allowed Neto to shoot at goal moments after the restart but were quickly on the front foot themselves, Palmer and Ben Chilwell combining to tee up Raheem Sterling in the box, but he dragged his shot wide.

As so often has been the case with Chelsea of late, errors were comprehensively punished as the immense Neto stormed down the right flank to leave Silva in his dust and tee up Cunha for 3-1 on 63 minutes.

Nicolas Jackson had entered the game off the bench only moments beforehand and he soon missed a chance to cut into their deficit, heading a glorious chance wide at the back post from a fine Malo Gusto cross.

A first win away to Chelsea since 1979 was then sealed by Cunha, who grabbed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after being fouled by Gusto.

Silva’s late header in response failed to prevent the Blues from dropping to 11th in the table, as Wolves edged above them to go within four points of the European places.

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