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Four things we learnt from Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Wolves

Chelsea played out a goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux earlier tonight.

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The result further sees Chelsea lose ground to Man City and Liverpool in the title race as the Blues are now six points behind the Cityzens due to the two points dropped.

What did we learn from tonight’s game at the Molineux?

Kanté and Kovacic showed Chelsea what they’ve been missing in recent games:

Heading into the game, Thomas Tuchel had no option but to throw in N’golo Kanté for 90 minutes despite the Frenchman just returning from an injury that has kept him out for almost a month.

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Kanté’s involvement was a necessity due to the absence of Jorginho and Loftus-Cheek who had formed the Chelsea midfield pivot in recent games and Mateo Kovacic was also just returning from a two months injury coupled with Covid-19.

Despite not being at 100% fitness, N’golo Kanté put up a top level performance as he dominated the entire midfield. Yet another midfield Masterclass from the little Frenchman.

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Mateo Kovacic also got in the thick of things in the second half as he came on for Hakim Ziyech. The crafty Croat also didn’t put a foot wrong as he gave a strong showing and slotted into the Chelsea side like he never left. In fact, Kovacic played as though he wasn’t injured for two months.

Thiago Silva with yet again another vintage performance:

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There’s one Chelsea player whom the fans can never discredit and that is 37-year old Thiago Silva.

The Brazilian produced yet another exceptional performance at the heart of the Chelsea defence. A performance that would make one wonder if he’s truly 37.

Silva was excellent in his defensive organization and his ball distribution and he showed great game reading ability by always being in the right place at the right time to nick away the danger when required. Defensive Masterclass.

Chelsea clueless against low blocks:

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Huge credit must be given to the Chelsea defence in the first half which did a great job to set the agenda for a very relaxed second half for Chelsea but the Blues just lacked cutting edge against an organized Wolves defence in that second half.

Just one big chance created in the second half shows how poor Chelsea were in the final third and this is either due to a lack of creativity in midfield or Chelsea lacking attacking players who could take matters into their own hands and take out defenders. More like an Eden Hazard-esque contribution.

Positive game from Saul, one of his most decent games in a Chelsea shirt:

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Spanish midfielder Saúl Niguez has gotten a lot of stick lately, this is due to his inability to settle nicely into the premier league, poor performance against Everton, underwhelming showing against Watford amongst other games where he’s failed to assert himself.

Saúl did have a good game against Wolves though, after coming on as a halftime sub for Trevoh Chalobah. Whether it was mere coincidence or not, the fact is that Chelsea played better immediately Saúl came on the pitch and tonight was one of his best Chelsea performances since joining on loan from Atletico in the summer.

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