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Chelsea suffered their second straight away defeat in the Premier League season as Wolves completed a massive comeback at Molineux against the Blues.

Goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota sealed a 2-1 victory after Ruben Loftus Cheek had put Chelsea in front with a shot deflected into the bottom corner. Maurizio Sarri‘s men went close to double their lead before conceding two goals in 5 minutes.

Both Olivier Giroud and Pedro came off the bench to respond but Wolves cruised quite comfortably to a 2-1 win, which means Chelsea are now level on points with Arsenal in 4th place. Premier League leaders Man City (Chelsea’s next opponents) remain 10 points above the Blues, with Liverpool and Tottenham respectively in 2nd and 3rd position.

CHELSEA (4-3-3) Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kante (Kovacic 77′), Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek; Willian (Pedro 65′), Morata (Giroud 66′), Hazard

WOLVES (3-4-3) Rui Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Moutinho, Vinagre; Gibbs-White (Costa 72′), Jimenez (Dendoncker 81′), Jota (Cavaleiro 88′)

Scorers: Loftus-Cheek 18′ Jimenez 58′ Jota 63′
Bookings: Fabregas, Giroud, Alonso, Christensen, Saiss, Mourinho, Coady, Vinagre

 

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Premier League title holders Manchester City were surprisingly stopped at Worlverhampton today.

The Pep Guardiola‘s team had to come back to gain a point after the Wolves took the lead with Willy Boly at 57′, Aymeric Laporte equalised 12 minutes later but the Citizens weren’t able to take the 3 points home.

Arsenal won their first game in this Premier League, 3-1 against West Ham with goals by Nacho Monreal, Issa Diop ( own goal) and Danny Welbeck; Marko Arnautovic had scored the goal that gave the temporary lead to West Ham.

Liverpool won 1-0 against Brighton with a goal by Momo Salah and now are leading the table with 9 points, the only team so far to have won all the games in this start of the Premier League: Chelsea, Spurs and Watford can reach them on the top of the league should they win their clashes this weekend.

Today’s scores

Wolves v Man City 1-1

Bournemouth v Everton 2-2

Arsenal v West Ham 3-1

Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City 0-0

Southampton v Leicester City 1-2

Liverpool v Brighton 1-0

 

Tomorrow’s games

Watford v Crystal Palace 1.30 pm

Fulham v Burnley 4 pm

Newcastle v Chelsea 4 pm

 

Monday 27 August

Manchester United v Spurs 8 pm

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Chelsea skipper John Terry revealed the importance of FA Cup for British players, something a foreign footballer cannot fully understand:

“The FA Cup is part of the club’s history. I’ve won it five times personally and Cesc Fabregas knows what it’s all about,” the Blues captain told BT Sport after the win at Wolves.

“For us it means an awful lot, we’ve grown up with it and we’ve seen with the results today [Saturday] that the foreign guys don’t really understand because in other countries that doesn’t happen.

“Both sets of fans were different class and wherever you go it’s always difficult.”

 

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Antonio Conte admitted yesterday’s win at Wolves was not as easy as it seemed:

“It was the toughest game we have played in this competition so far for sure.

“But we all knew it would be, above all after the results this afternoon. I tried to warn the changing room about the difficulty of this game, and of this completion. I like to repeat that in England in every game in every competition there does not exist an easy game It is the truth.

Wolverhampton started the game very well with great intensity. They tried to develop the play on the flank and put a lot of crosses in but we defended well. They hit the post early on and we were lucky in this circumstance but in the second half we played our football, scored two goals and created chances, but Wolverhampton deserve my compliments.

“In the league we are doing a great job in staying on top of the table and now we are in the FA Cup quarter-final and I am pleased for this but after this game it is important to understand that nothing is easy. It will be very difficult to win both competitions but we want to try to win some trophies.”

The Chelsea boss also praised John Terry and Cesc Fabregas, two fantastic footballers and professionals that always perform to their best when they have the chance to play:

“They played very well. It is not easy when you don’t play a lot, and John and Cesc and all the players showed me they have good form and it means they are good professionals. It is great to have these type of players in my squad because I can count on them.”

Conte also congratulated Lincoln City on becoming the first non-league side to make it this far in the FA Cup for over a century:

“This is a great achievement for them and for the FA Cup. It is incredible and I think impossible in Italy. It shows anything can happen if you trust in the work and have a great will to fight. I am pleased to live this story with them as we are with them in the quarter-finals.”

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Cesc Fabregas was finally a starter today and the Spaniard fulfilled all the expectations, being the man of the match.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was crucial with his lofted pass in the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal, that was scored by Pedro halfway through the second part of the game at Wolves:

“That first 15-20 minutes they were on top of us,” Fabregas said after the game.

“It’s not easy to come to these places. We knew that we had to be at our best and I think it was a professional performance.

“I want to play, obviously I want to play. But we want to win. There is a great group and a great togetherness.”

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Chelsea captain John Terry revealed that Conference Premier side Lincoln City feat, that knocked Premier League’s Burnley out of FA Cup today, was a wake-up call for the Blues that were about to face Wolves in the moment Sean Ragget scored the winner at Turf Moor:

“It was kind of a wake-up call that we didn’t need,” Terry said after the win at the Molineux.

About the chance to win the FA Cup again, the Blues skipper claimed:

“It’s a massive part of the club’s history. I’ve won it five times. The main thing today was to come here, play well and get ourselves into the next round.”

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Antonio Conte rested some regular starters like David Luiz, Alonso, Courtois, Matic and Kante today but his team was succesfull anyway, proving both the Italian is doing a great job with his squad and that the Blues have got a great group, where every player is ready to fight to help the team:

“I trust in the squad and these players. Today they gave me good attitude,” the Chelsea manager told BT Sport after the final whistle.

“Our target was to get into the next round. In the first half we suffered a bit but in the second half we scored two goals and we deserved to win the game.

“It’s important to understand that every game in the FA Cup is not easy.”

 

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Chelsea struggled to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

At 6′ former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

In the second half Diego Costra tried to score first: the Spaniard twisted but his shot crashed into the side netting.

Pedro Willian Chelsea

Chelsea unmarked winger Pedro found a crucial goal at 65′ taking advantage of a wonderful ball from Willian. Then Diego Costa didn’t waste his second chance and scored with a low clinical shot after receiving the ball from Fabregas.

Chelsea win a tough game, which means that Antonio Conte goes through next stage reaching FA Cup Quarter-Finals.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Fabregas, Chalobah, Pedro (Azpilicueta72); Willian (Kante 80), Diego Costa, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 85).
Unused subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Kenedy, Batshuayi.
Scorers Pedro 64, Diego Costa 89
Booked 
Pedro 48

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-2-3-1): Ikeme; Coady, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Price, Saville (Saiss 83); Costa, Edwards, Weimann (Wilson 74); Bodvarsson (Ronan 83).
Unused subs: Burgoyne, Stearman, Evans, Saiss, Rona, Enobakhare
Booked 
Saville 20, Weimann 32

Referee Jonathan Moss
Crowd 30,193

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Chelsea are struggling to get the lead as home side Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a great performance in the first half with goal attempts and several chances created.

Former Chelsea youngster Saville struck the post as Kurt Zouma did not control a high ball into the penalty area.

Willian went close to scoring a few minutes later with a lob, well scrambled away by Wolves keeper Ikeme.

Good performances from Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas so far, while both Nathaniel Chalobah and Kurt Zouma seem to be in trouble when they cope with Wolves’ counter-attacks.

 

 

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Wolves

Chelsea – Begovic; Zouma, Terry (c), Ake; Moses, Chalobah, Fabregas, Pedro; Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard

Subs:  Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Kenedy, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi

Manager: Antonio Conte

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Kick-Off: 5.30 BST

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