Pochettino is under big pressure as Chelsea drop to 11th in Premier League with Wolves defeat
In a disheartening turn of events at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Chelsea’s valiant efforts succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against Wolves, relegating them to the uncharted territories of the Premier League’s bottom half.
The initial glimmer of hope emanated from Cole Palmer, who seized the lead for the Blues after a resilient 19 minutes. However, the pendulum swung swiftly as Matheus Cunha orchestrated a leveling spectacle for Wolves, leaving an indelible mark shortly thereafter. The first half concluded on a somber note for Chelsea with Axel Disasi’s inadvertent contribution, an own goal that propelled the visitors into the lead.
Cunha, not content with parity, extended Wolves’ lead in the 63rd minute, embellishing the scoreline with finesse. The Brazilian forward then etched his name in the annals of hat-trick history, converting a penalty to solidify Wolves’ dominance at 4-1 in the dying embers of the match. A late flourish from Chelsea’s Thiago Silva, netting a consolation goal with four minutes remaining, proved futile against the formidable Wolves.
This setback follows a recent 4-1 drubbing by Liverpool, marking Chelsea’s tenth defeat in the current Premier League campaign. The once-aspiring ascent above Newcastle United and into the ninth spot, had they triumphed over Wolves, now dissipates into the shadows of an 11th place standing after 23 rounds of the competition.
The repercussions loom ominously over Mauricio Pochettino, whose leadership has navigated Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on February 25th. While the Blues maintain a foothold in the FA Cup, the immediate challenge of a formidable fourth-round replay against Aston Villa awaits on Wednesday night.
In the upcoming Premier League fixtures, Chelsea faces the daunting tasks of traversing Crystal Palace’s turf and locking horns with the juggernaut that is Manchester City, painting a challenging trajectory ahead. The pressure mounts, the challenges persist, and Stamford Bridge yearns for a resurgence, a narrative yet to be penned in the unfolding chapters of Chelsea’s season.