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Third-placed Chelsea took on Wolves in 13th at the Molineux Wednesday evening in what was an exciting game in which both sides needed points. 

Chelsea broke the deadlock through a deflected shot by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and while Wolves offered a fair amount of danger on the break, they foudn themselves 1-0 down going in to half-time.

However Wolves shot back, through goals from Morgan Gibbs-White and Diogo Jota, the game ultimately ending 2-1 to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Here are our winners and losers from tonight’s game.

Winners

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The Lewisham lad showed why he ought to have a career in west London after another incisive performance for Chelsea, nicking a goal for his side by way of a deflection off Connor Coady. His shot from just outside the box was headed on target but likely a comfortable save for Rui Patricio, until Coady’s headed intervention put it beyond the Portuguese.

The England international squared it for Morata with the goalkeeper beaten but the Spaniard was beaten to the ball by Boly. Loftus-Cheek’s goal and all-round play was good enough to warrant further selection in one of the No.8 roles Sarri’s three-man midfield asks for.

Morgan Gibbs-White

The youngster played the role of Dele Alli here, playing nominally as a false 9 but in possession often behind the forward Raul Jimenez and monitoring the work of deep-lying Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas. He proved once more why looks to be one of the most exciting English teenagers in the Premier League, and at 18-year-old, Gibbs-White showed he has the tools to go to the very top of the game.

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On top of his impressive work-rate and harrying of the Chelsea defence, Gibbs-White showed real intent breaking on the counter for Wolves. It was on the break where the midlanders were at their most dangerous, and several jinking runs by Gibbs-White won ground and eeked chances for his side. Certainly one to watch as the season progresses.

Almost every good going forward from Wolves game through him. Didn’t half do well to set up Jimenez for the equaliser at 1-1.

Diego Jota

Jota was a threat from the left-hand side off Gibbs-White throughout the game, showing some real intent. Despite having to bide his time this season, finding himself down the pecking-order, the 22-year-old took his goal with aplomb. Jota combined well with Gibbs-White and Jimenez, who also played well and could be considered a relative winner as well after taking his fourth league goal of the campaign. A consummate attacking performance from the Wolves front three.

Losers

Alvaro Morata

The No.29 wasn’t terrible at all; he offered a fair amount in general play and joined up with danger man Eden Hazard. But he was still unable to make the difference up top for his side, getting near but ultimately spurning any and all sniffs at goal he had. In the build up to the game Maurizio Sarri likened Morata’s supposed mental fragility to his former charge at AC Milan Saponara, saying via Goal: “At Empoli I had a wonderful player, Riccardo Saponara, who we sold to AC Milan.

“Saponara was one of the best players I have ever seen, but a little bit mentally fragile. Alvaro has scored four or five goals in his last six matches, so I cannot see a big problem. I hope that there will be more this season.

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“Every season he scores 15 or 16 goals, so he’s around his average [goal return]. I speak with him every week, but on the pitch he is alone. I think that at the moment he’s not playing to his full potential. It’s difficult.”

“I think Alvaro has a very great physical and technical potential, so I think he can improve more. He’s a little bit fragile from the mental point of view. But he’s very young. I think he can improve, improve very fast.”

On this showing tonight it’s not clear whether the 25-year-old has the ability to score the goals necessary to warrant the starting berth up top for Chelsea.

Willian

Not a vintage performance from the Brazilian attacker, who’s mistake led to Jota’s goal. With three missed shots, one unsuccessful dribble and little else, his most telling input for Chelsea beside Jota’s goal was a lung-busting run back to his own goal to put pressure on Jota in the first half.

The forward also failed to play in Morata on multiple occasions as Chelsea toiled in the west Midlands. Taken off for Olivier Giroud mid-way through the second half.

Kepa 

The Spanish ‘keeper could have done much better for Raul Jimenez’s goal: the Mexican was wide of the goal when shot, but the ball still managed to shoot through the 24-year-old’s legs and into the net.

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Chelsea’s ‘keeper didn’t help set the tone for a domineering performance with a misplaced ball wide to the fall-back that overhit the mark and encouraged audible jeers from the Wolves faithful, but the Jimenez goal will sting the £71.6m man.

 

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