With all the drama that has unfolded with the sacking of club legend Frank Lampard, it’s hard to remember that Chelsea return to the Premier League to take on Wolves at Stamford Bridge. The Blues will have to quickly pick themselves up for this crunch clash as they need to start clawing their way back up the ladder and remain within touching distance of the top 4. Thomas Tuchel is Chelsea’s new manager and will be studying his new team closely as he contemplates how to revive the season for the Blues. Will the Blues be thrown to the Wolves, or will the Lions roar and show everyone that the king of the jungle is on the rise? Some of the writers at The Chelsea Social give their thoughts and predictions on the Chelsea vs Wolves clash.
Chelsea vs Wolves – Introduction
Last time these two teams met it ended in a dramatic 2-1 to Wolves. Chelsea, who had taken the lead through Olivier Giroud, were pegged back by a fine strike from Podence and last-gasp winner from Neto to sink the hearts of Chelsea. This loss followed the 1-0 defeat against Everton and was truly the first signs of things beginning to crack for the Blues, and as it turns out, the end for Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager.
While the Blues bounced back with a 3-0 over West Ham, this return to winning ways was shortly lived as they went on to lose 3-1 to Arsenal and Man City, and draw with Aston Villa 1-1 in between. By this point, Chelsea had gone from potential Premier League winning contenders to pretenders and a club in a bit of a mini-crisis. Although the Blues would win 3-1 against Luton Town, the writing was on the wall apparently for Frank following the 2-0 loss against Leicester.
Pivoting to this clash, and the only good news from Chelsea’s point of view is that Wolves have been in worse form than them. In their last 5 league matches, Nuno’s men have lost three and drawn twice. In particular, Wolves have suffered back to back losses against Everton and West Brom respectively. From Chelsea’s point of view, at least Lampard’s Blues (at the time) had tasted victory against cross-town rivals Fulham (albeit against 10 men) before going down to Rodger’s men at King Power Stadium. As such, both teams will be looking to reverse this poor form and get back to winning ways and shape this as a positive 2nd half of the season.
From a Blues fans perspective, it will be intriguing to see how new manager, Thomas Tuchel, handles the current crop and what he can do for Chelsea for the remaining half of this season and beyond (if he’s around).
With that in mind, some of the writers at The Chelsea Social give their predictions as to how the Chelsea vs Wolves match will unfold.
‘Chelsea Football Club have today parted company with Head Coach Frank Lampard‘ – One of the most difficult and heart-breaking moments in my time as a Chelsea fan. I have experienced many sad moments throughout my time as a Blue, but this moment was right up there in terms of being one of the most challenging and tragic given who was involved and their inextricable connection to the club.
Trying to put sentiment aside (even though football is built on emotion and hence why we gravitate towards it) and attempting to focus on the Wolves game (albeit my enthusiasm is not where it normally is for obvious reasons), I am fascinated to see how the players respond in this game, especially given we only squared-off against Wolves last month in which we dramatically lost 2-1.
Lots on the line for both clubs as they attempt to dig themselves out of their respective slumps, I wonder whether our boys will be able to rise above the noise and distractions to overcome an equally-desperate Wolves. For our sake I hope we do, and, we start to genuinely start playing for the badge and show us fans that the building blocks set up by Lampard weren’t for nothing.
Final Score: Chelsea 2 – 1 Wolves
If ever we needed a brutal reminder of the nature not just of football management, but of Chelsea specifically, we got it on Monday. Frank Lampard, our club legend, is gone from the touchline. But in football and in life, there is barely time to rest on one’s laurels and to wallow as Wolves await a very wounded and reeling Chelsea. Figurative language notwithstanding, is it possible this Pride of London could be at its most deadly when so badly wounded? Given the form over the last six or seven games, perhaps even the most optimistic of fans would guard against predicting a win against a very decent Wolves side. Having just signed Willian Jose as a stand in for talisman Raul Jimenez, this is a team that will look to capitalise on any vulnerability at SW6.
However, Chelsea need to win to remain relevant in the top four race. And, with an almost entirely full squad to choose from, the team certainly has the quality to get a win. Perhaps the game will come too soon for any real impact to be made by a potential incoming manager, but a managerial change should at least provoke some kind of reaction from the squad. For all Chelsea fans, we would hope it is a positive one and we can see the team return to winning ways. However, I feel this game will come a bit too soon for the Chelsea squad to rebound and will likely end in a stalemate.
Final Score: Chelsea 1 – 1 Wolves
The Thomas Tuchel reign has officially begun here at Chelsea and his first test comes in the form of Nuno’s Wolves.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see what team he puts out in Chelsea vs Wolves- I have a feeling that in terms of personnel, it won’t be too different to that one of Frank Lampard’s team – but that’s just my opinion. Wolves haven’t won a league game since (guess when?) us back in mid-December. As a result, I’m not getting too ahead of myself. With a new manager coming in, there’s, of course, a sense of excitement and anticipation and I’m looking forward to seeing what Tuchel can do with a talented squad like ours. Despite Wolves’ poor recent form, this game will still be a real test for our new German boss and hopefully, he can start his Chelsea career with a win.
Final Score: Chelsea 2 – 1 Wolves
Well, what a week, and it’s only Wednesday. We don’t need to fill this space reminiscing of the events of this week we all know what happened. What is important is what is next. If we look further down the road I can safely safe I have absolutely no idea, but what I do know is Chelsea have a match and we desperately need points. While there are many questions floating around our new manager right now, he comes into a team that is certainly in a slump. Unfortunately, one training session isn’t enough to gauge who his starters will be. What is certain is that we need momentum and now.
With everything going on my belief is that Tuchel will field his strongest team to get their best foot forward and hopefully walk away from his first game at Stamford Bridge with three points. I hope the events of the past week will serve as motivation for this team. I really believe Chelsea will come out swinging. It’s time. A newly motivated Chelsea team will want to silence the recent media bias they have been facing and I think the talent is within this squad to be able to do so. Chelsea vs Wolves is the best starting point.
Final Score: Chelsea 3 – 0 Wolves
The Thomas Tuchel train takes off. Our first look at the new German manager, and it’s fair to say this is the most uncertain feeling at Chelsea for quite for a while. Ahead of the game with Wolves it’s almost impossible to not only predict how we might play but also who might play. Personally, I’m just looking for a reaction from the players. Hopefully any of the so called ‘Lampard players’ such as James, Mount, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi will be able to prove themselves under a new manager. Whereas the rumoured senior players that have been said to have unsettled the dressing room must now give performances to back that up. This really does feel like a day and a match that we are going in almost completely blindly. There has been no talk surrounding the outcome of the game such is the attention to the manager and the club as a whole. That being said, a win tonight could be the spring that Tuchel needs to get his Chelsea reign going.
Final Score: Chelsea 1 – 1 Wolves
Written By: RJ, Dan, Luka, John and Tom
Edited By: Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)