Mauricio Pochettino’s festive cheer turned to despair on Sunday as Chelsea faced another setback at Molineux, extending their woes in what seems like a recurring nightmare for the Blues.
Wolves’ Mario Lemina effortlessly nodded the ball home from a corner early in the second half, before Matt Doherty later sealed the result, leaving Poch’s side lingering just inside the top half of the table during the festive period.
The Argentine manager faced criticism for several shortcomings during the match, and a closer look reveals the recurring issues affecting Chelsea.
The curse of Chelsea’s No.9 position persisted, with Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Jackson, Mykhaylo Mudryk, and Cole Palmer all failing to convert promising chances into goals.
Despite significant spending in the transfer market, Chelsea lacks a reliable goal-getter in their squad.
Defensive vulnerabilities from set-pieces continued to haunt Chelsea, with Wolves capitalising on a corner to open the scoring. Gary O’Neil’s side dominated in the air, exposing the Blues’ frailty in defending set-pieces.
The lack of a response from Pochettino further compounded the defensive woes, with Wolves players finding ample space in the box.
Pochettino’s management decisions also faced scrutiny, particularly his delay in making substitutions during the challenging second half. Christopher Nkunku, introduced late in the game, provided a glimmer of hope with a goal, but some fans questioned why he wasn’t brought on earlier to inject life into the struggling team.