Wolfsburg 4-0 Chelsea: Thrown to the Wolves

Last year’s beaten finalist’s run in the UWCL ended in shocking fashion. The Blues were soundly beaten by a rampant Wolfsburg. Emma Hayes’s side never got going as they recorded their 3rd blank in a row. Chelsea slipped from 1st to 3rd in Group A over the course of 90 minutes as it ended Wolfsburg 4-0 Chelsea.

Team News

With COVID-19 sweeping through the Chelsea camp in preparation for this game, Emma Hayes was forced into several changes. Zecira Musovic came in for the ill Ann-Katrin Berger, with Millie Bright, Jess Carter and Magda Eriksson keeping their spots in the defence. Erin Cuthbert and Guro Reiten started at wingback with Melly Leupolz and Sophie Ingle in the pivot. Pernille Harder faced her former side for the 4th time in 9 months, in attack alongside Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby. 

First Half

Chelsea looked anxious from the first minute and Wolfsburg swarmed them. The Blues lacked fitness and sharpness, and their opponents put the press on. Oberdorf flashed an effort wide before the She-Wolves opened the scoring on the 16th minute. Musovic could only push Van De Sanden’s effort straight to captain Svenja Huth who finished it off, despite slipping. 

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Chelsea were in a world of trouble 9 minutes later as Wolfsburg doubled their lead. Again it was too easy as the porous Blues defence failed to track Tabea Wassmuth and she cut back to Huth to double the lead. Chelsea’s only chance of the first half came moments later as Sam Kerr hooked a curling effort that grazed the crossbar. 

Ji So-Yun replaced Ingle after just 40 minutes, whilst Magda Eriksson landed awkwardly right before half-time. A devastating half. 

Second Half

Captain Eriksson could not continue, and as a result, she was replaced by Aniek Nouwen. Kirby volleyed straight at Almuth Schult but with the Blues stretched, Tommy Stroot’s side sealed the win. Svenja Huth flicked on a long pass for Wassmuth and she drove through and slipped the finish past an exposed Musovic. 3-0 and Chelsea were going out unless they produced a miracle. 

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Leupolz scuffed a good chance before Nouwen went closest to scoring for the away side. A clever move saw her connect with a pinpoint cross, but she could only head against the bar. It summed up Chelsea’s frustrations and more pain was to come. On the 78th minute, the misery was complete as Wassmuth slammed home a loose ball. The final whistle was greeted with home jubilation and away shock and devastation. 

Full Time: Wolfsburg 4-0 Chelsea

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Final Thoughts: Wolfsburg 4-0 Chelsea

A truly abject performance from Chelsea compounds a miserable week. They are out of the UWCL, outsiders in the WSL and looking extremely tired. COVID-19 threatens to wreck Emma Hayes’s title ambitions and the Blues. It doesn’t get any easier, with a tough game against surprise package Tottenham Hotspur up next. 


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