Chelsea 2-4 Wolves: Matheus Cunha bagged a hat-trick as the Blues failed to increase pressure on Mauricio Pochettino

Chelsea 2-4 Wolves: Matheus Cunha bagged a hat-trick as the Blues failed to increase pressure on Mauricio Pochettino

Matheus Cunha’s hat-trick saw inspired Wolves to a 4-2 win over Chelsea and complete their Premier League double since 1974-75, adding to the pressure on Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino.

After a cagey opening period, it was the home side who went ahead as Cole Palmer scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season, finishing coolly past Jose Sa after a pass against Moises Caicedo.

However, their lead lasted just three minutes as Cunha’s effort led to Axel Disasi’s own goal which put Pochettino’s side behind at half-time.

Chelsea started well after the break, Raheem Sterling missing an equaliser, but things soon turned sour after Cunha latched on to good work from Pedro Neto to give Wolves the lead.

The Brazilian scored his third late on to pile on the pain at home, winning the penalty after a challenge on Malo Gusto before Djordje Petrovic converted.

Thiago Silva headed home a late consolation but the result meant Wolves leapfrogged Chelsea into 10th and won for the first time at Stamford Bridge since 1979.

Talking Point – Pressure is mounting on Mauricio Pochettino after another disastrous display

Despite calls for patience from the Chelsea boss, it must be difficult for fans to see the light at the end of the tunnel after another defeat at Stamford Bridge.

This is a consecutive game in which Chelsea have scored four goals and today’s result sees them drop to 11th in the Premier League table. The Blues have shown a little bit of what they can do under Pochettino and still have the Carabao Cup final on the horizon, but the incredible stalemate must be resolved soon. With tough games against Aston Villa and Manchester City on the horizon, Pochettino will have to work quickly to find the magic tricks.

Man of the match – Matheus Cunha (Wolves)

The Brazilian produced a complete display to lead his team to a famous victory in London. Playing alongside Pablo Sarabia and Pedro Neto in a front three, Cunha completed his first two goals with aplomb before showing great intelligence to win a penalty and complete a deserved hat-trick in front of the Wolves fans.

The 24-year-old scored just two goals in his first season in the Premier League but now has nine already this season and has established himself as a vital part of Gary O’Neil’s system.

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Matheus Cunha (obscured) celebrates with his teammate Rayan Ait-Nouri of Wolverhampton Wanderers and the fans after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on February 04, 202

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Player Ratings

Chelsea: Petrovic 6, Gusto 5, Silva 6, Disasi 5, Chilwell 7, Caicedo 6, Fernandez 6, Palmer 7, Gallagher 5, Sterling 5, Nkunku 6. Subscribers: Jackson 5, Chukwuemeka 6, Mudryk 6, Gilchrist 6, Badiashile 6.

Wolf: Sa 6, Kilman 7, Dawson 6, Toti 7, Semedo 6, Lemina 7, Gomes 7, Ait-Nouri 7, Sarabia 7, Cunha 10; Grandson 9. Subscribers: Doyle 6, Bellegarde 6, Good n/a, Doherty n/a.

Sports Principles

19 ‘GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Wolves (Palmer): The home side are in front and it’s the man, Cole Palmer, again! It’s a great defensive move from Caicedo to play through the Englishman and he makes no mistake, diving calmly to Sa and into the far corner. His 10th of the season.

22 ‘GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Wolves (Cunha): The guests came right back! Gomes passes between the ribs before being placed in Cunha. He cuts in from the left but his effort clears Silva, the wrong Petrovic unable to recover to save. The lead didn’t take long…

43 ‘GOAL! Chelsea 1-2 Wolves (Disasi, own goals): What a first half turn from the far side. Neto has been dangerous throughout the half and is at the heart of it as he breaks into the box from the right. His low cross is met by Ait-Nouri and it’s another mistake – this time from Disasi – that sees the ball end up in the back of the Chelsea net. It will go down as your target.

47′ GOOD CHANCE! Great opportunity for the holders but Sterling is on fire. Chilwell does well to turn the cross into the winner’s path but he breaks down his left-footed move with Sa firmly in the post.

63′ GOAL! Chelsea 1-3 Wolves (Cunha): Unexpectedly, the Wolves double their lead and it’s Cunha with the ropes. Neto is also at the heart of the goal as he bullies his way past Silva on the right before passing to the Brazilian who is pressing Petrovic. The mountain is now on the home side.

80′ PENALTY! It could have gone from bad to worse for Chelsea when Gusto brought down Cunha inside the box. The judge pauses before pointing to the spot.

82′ GOAL! Chelsea 1-4 Wolves (Cunha, hat-trick): A hat-trick for the Brazilian as he sent Petrovic the wrong way and slotted home from there. The fans behind the goal are in dreamland as they close in on a famous victory!

86′ GOAL! Chelsea 2-4 Wolves (Silva): Well, that’s one back. Mudryk curls in a corner from the left and Silva nods home a header near the post.

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