City and Guardiola bet it all on Haaland – The Warm-Up

Wednesday’s big stories

Haaland represents a huge risk for Guardiola

Erling Haaland’s goalscoring record indicates that he is a near-guarantee of goals. Since his debut, he has scored 154 in 199 games. And, yet, his signing constitutes a sizable risk for Manchester City and, most notably, Pep Guardiola.

Transfers

Haaland transfer confirmed with forward to join Manchester City, Dortmund to sign Adeyemi

17 HOURS AGO

The reason is two-fold. Firstly, and most crucially, for his acquisition to be deemed a true success, City must win the Champions League. Secondly, stylistically, he does not fit this Manchester City team in its current possession-first guise.

The Catalan has built his managerial career and success on ball possession. It has served him well. He has won everything – but last won Europe’s premier trophy in 2011.

Haaland, as a truly elite goalscorer, has shown a laser-like focus on hitting the back of the net, and little interest in playmaking. That is fine as, to state the obvious, he is a striker, whose primary job is to score goals. However, Guardiola has never seen that role’s sole purpose as just that. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero provide evidence of this fact.

So, why sign Haaland?

It looks like City are about to win the league for the fourth time in five years, but have, by their standards, struggled in cup competitions. They reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and FA Cup, and the fourth round of the League Cup. Thus, the following conclusion can be drawn: over the course of the season, City’s pure weight of talent pays dividends in the league.

Guardiola’s cabal of midfield passers bludgeons a league into submission, but cup competitions – read the Champions League – are slightly different. One game of missed gilt-edged chances – say against Real Madrid in a first-leg semi-final at the Etihad – can – and this season did – prove fatal to City’s, and, more pertinently, Guardiola’s hopes of finally getting their hands on that Champions League trophy.

And, thus, like Sir Alex Ferguson did before him with Juan Sebastian Veron, Guardiola has bet the house on a player who is not necessarily suited to his style of play, but whose excellence could see City extend their domestic dominance to Europe.

However, for this to happen either City – read Guardiola – or Haaland need to adapt. It represents a huge risk.

Give the Ballon d’Or to the excellent, incomparable Sadio Mane

City, as stated above, will more than likely make it four league wins in five seasons. And, yet, if they don’t, Sadio Mane will have played a central and crucial role in wrestling that title from the Etihad club.

He was at it again on Tuesday night, craning his head back to arrow a Luis Diaz centre past Emi Martinez in Aston Villa’s goal to secure the comeback 2-1 win that draws them level with Manchester City at the top of the table having played a game more.

Mane has been nothing short of inspirational since he helped guide Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations success in February. And come May 28 Mane could have won the Africa Cup of Nations, the League Cup, the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Champions League.

Being in that position in May, and having contributed to it so vastly, makes Mane the standout candidate for the Ballon d’Or this.

Manchester United finally listen to Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho said the below in 2019 after taking Manchester United to second in the Premier League the previous season.

“If I tell you, for example, that I consider one of the best jobs of my career was to finish second with Man United in the Premier League, you will say, ‘this guy is crazy,'” Mourinho said.

“I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”

It was a classic from the Mourinho genre. It seemed hyperbole then, and a deflection of his own shortcomings. And, yet, perhaps the Portuguese was right – not necessarily about it being one of the best jobs of his career; winning the Champions League with Porto, or the treble with Inter or conceding barely a goal with Chelsea in their first title-winning season under the Portuguese would constitute that.

However, there have been movements behind the scenes at United ahead of the appointment of Erik ten Hag that suggest an admission that something was in fact “going on behind the scenes”.

The club’s chief strategy officer, Hemen Tseayo, left the club on Tuesday, and, in doing so, joined Matt Judge, director of football negotiations, Jim Lawlor, chief scout, and Marcel Bout, head of global scouting in leaving the backroom structure as new CEO Richard Arnold looks to stamp his authority on the club.

A successful club needs a streamlined, well-oiled operation at the boardroom level. Manchester City have it, Liverpool have it and so too do, to a lesser extent, Real Madrid. PSG and United do not while the jury is still out on Barcelona given their recent upheaval.

If United can get the behind-the-scenes stuff right, then they will once again become a force to be reckoned with.

IN THE CHANNELS

Decent patter here from Danny Welbeck.

COMING UP

A serious selection of Premier League football. Leeds v Chelsea, Watford v Everton and Wolves v Man City.

Andi Thomas will be here tomorrow to pick through that.

Transfers

Guardiola refuses to talk about Haaland transfer until deal ‘completely done’

18 HOURS AGO

UEFA Europa Conference League

Mourinho admits ‘hurt’ over Spurs sacking but insists he is happy at Roma

A DAY AGO

City and Guardiola bet it all on Haaland – The Warm-Up

Wednesday’s big stories

Haaland represents a huge risk for Guardiola

Erling Haaland’s goalscoring record indicates that he is a near-guarantee of goals. Since his debut, he has scored 154 in 199 games. And, yet, his signing constitutes a sizable risk for Manchester City and, most notably, Pep Guardiola.

Transfers

Haaland transfer confirmed with forward to join Manchester City, Dortmund to sign Adeyemi

18 HOURS AGO

The reason is two-fold. Firstly, and most crucially, for his acquisition to be deemed a true success, City must win the Champions League. Secondly, stylistically, he does not fit this Manchester City team in its current possession-first guise.

The Catalan has built his managerial career and success on ball possession. It has served him well. He has won everything – but last won Europe’s premier trophy in 2011.

Haaland, as a truly elite goalscorer, has shown a laser-like focus on hitting the back of the net, and little interest in playmaking. That is fine as, to state the obvious, he is a striker, whose primary job is to score goals. However, Guardiola has never seen that role’s sole purpose as just that. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero provide evidence of this fact.

So, why sign Haaland?

It looks like City are about to win the league for the fourth time in five years, but have, by their standards, struggled in cup competitions. They reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and FA Cup, and the fourth round of the League Cup. Thus, the following conclusion can be drawn: over the course of the season, City’s pure weight of talent pays dividends in the league.

Guardiola’s cabal of midfield passers bludgeons a league into submission, but cup competitions – read the Champions League – are slightly different. One game of missed gilt-edged chances – say against Real Madrid in a first-leg semi-final at the Etihad – can – and this season did – prove fatal to City’s, and, more pertinently, Guardiola’s hopes of finally getting their hands on that Champions League trophy.

And, thus, like Sir Alex Ferguson did before him with Juan Sebastian Veron, Guardiola has bet the house on a player who is not necessarily suited to his style of play, but whose excellence could see City extend their domestic dominance to Europe.

However, for this to happen either City – read Guardiola – or Haaland need to adapt. It represents a huge risk.

Give the Ballon d’Or to the excellent, incomparable Sadio Mane

City, as stated above, will more than likely make it four league wins in five seasons. And, yet, if they don’t, Sadio Mane will have played a central and crucial role in wrestling that title from the Etihad club.

He was at it again on Tuesday night, craning his head back to arrow a Luis Diaz centre past Emi Martinez in Aston Villa’s goal to secure the comeback 2-1 win that draws them level with Manchester City at the top of the table having played a game more.

Mane has been nothing short of inspirational since he helped guide Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations success in February. And come May 28 Mane could have won the Africa Cup of Nations, the League Cup, the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Champions League.

Being in that position in May, and having contributed to it so vastly, makes Mane the standout candidate for the Ballon d’Or this.

‘It was massive’ – Klopp on win over Villa as Premier League title race intensifies

Manchester United finally listen to Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho said the below in 2019 after taking Manchester United to second in the Premier League the previous season.

“If I tell you, for example, that I consider one of the best jobs of my career was to finish second with Man United in the Premier League, you will say, ‘this guy is crazy,'” Mourinho said.

“I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”

It was a classic from the Mourinho genre. It seemed hyperbole then, and a deflection of his own shortcomings. And, yet, perhaps the Portuguese was right – not necessarily about it being one of the best jobs of his career; winning the Champions League with Porto, or the treble with Inter or conceding barely a goal with Chelsea in their first title-winning season under the Portuguese would constitute that.

However, there have been movements behind the scenes at United ahead of the appointment of Erik ten Hag that suggest an admission that something was in fact “going on behind the scenes”.

The club’s chief strategy officer, Hemen Tseayo, left the club on Tuesday, and, in doing so, joined Matt Judge, director of football negotiations, Jim Lawlor, chief scout, and Marcel Bout, head of global scouting in leaving the backroom structure as new CEO Richard Arnold looks to stamp his authority on the club.

A successful club needs a streamlined, well-oiled operation at the boardroom level. Manchester City have it, Liverpool have it and so too do, to a lesser extent, Real Madrid. PSG and United do not while the jury is still out on Barcelona given their recent upheaval.

If United can get the behind-the-scenes stuff right, then they will once again become a force to be reckoned with.

IN THE CHANNELS

Decent patter here from Danny Welbeck.

COMING UP

A serious selection of Premier League football. Leeds v Chelsea, Watford v Everton and Wolves v Man City.

Andi Thomas will be here tomorrow to pick through that.

Transfers

Guardiola refuses to talk about Haaland transfer until deal ‘completely done’

18 HOURS AGO

UEFA Europa Conference League

Mourinho admits ‘hurt’ over Spurs sacking but insists he is happy at Roma

A DAY AGO

City and Guardiola bet it all on Haaland – The Warm-Up

Wednesday’s big stories

Haaland represents a huge risk for Guardiola

Erling Haaland’s goalscoring record indicates that he is a near-guarantee of goals. Since his debut, he has scored 154 in 199 games. And, yet, his signing constitutes a sizable risk for Manchester City and, most notably, Pep Guardiola.

Premier League

‘He’s a real beast’ – Klopp believes Haaland is a ‘really good signing’ for City

5 HOURS AGO

The reason is two-fold. Firstly, and most crucially, for his acquisition to be deemed a true success, City must win the Champions League. Secondly, stylistically, he does not fit this Manchester City team in its current possession-first guise.

The Catalan has built his managerial career and success on ball possession. It has served him well. He has won everything – but last won Europe’s premier trophy in 2011.

Haaland, as a truly elite goalscorer, has shown a laser-like focus on hitting the back of the net, and little interest in playmaking. That is fine as, to state the obvious, he is a striker, whose primary job is to score goals. However, Guardiola has never seen that role’s sole purpose as just that. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero provide evidence of this fact.

So, why sign Haaland?

It looks like City are about to win the league for the fourth time in five years, but have, by their standards, struggled in cup competitions. They reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and FA Cup, and the fourth round of the League Cup. Thus, the following conclusion can be drawn: over the course of the season, City’s pure weight of talent pays dividends in the league.

Guardiola’s cabal of midfield passers bludgeons a league into submission, but cup competitions – read the Champions League – are slightly different. One game of missed gilt-edged chances – say against Real Madrid in a first-leg semi-final at the Etihad – can – and this season did – prove fatal to City’s, and, more pertinently, Guardiola’s hopes of finally getting their hands on that Champions League trophy.

And, thus, like Sir Alex Ferguson did before him with Juan Sebastian Veron, Guardiola has bet the house on a player who is not necessarily suited to his style of play, but whose excellence could see City extend their domestic dominance to Europe.

However, for this to happen either City – read Guardiola – or Haaland need to adapt. It represents a huge risk.

Give the Ballon d’Or to the excellent, incomparable Sadio Mane

City, as stated above, will more than likely make it four league wins in five seasons. And, yet, if they don’t, Sadio Mane will have played a central and crucial role in wrestling that title from the Etihad club.

He was at it again on Tuesday night, craning his head back to arrow a Luis Diaz centre past Emi Martinez in Aston Villa’s goal to secure the comeback 2-1 win that draws them level with Manchester City at the top of the table having played a game more.

Mane has been nothing short of inspirational since he helped guide Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations success in February. And come May 28 Mane could have won the Africa Cup of Nations, the League Cup, the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Champions League.

Being in that position in May, and having contributed to it so vastly, makes Mane the standout candidate for the Ballon d’Or this.

‘It was massive’ – Klopp on win over Villa as Premier League title race intensifies

Manchester United finally listen to Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho said the below in 2019 after taking Manchester United to second in the Premier League the previous season.

“If I tell you, for example, that I consider one of the best jobs of my career was to finish second with Man United in the Premier League, you will say, ‘this guy is crazy,'” Mourinho said.

“I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”

It was a classic from the Mourinho genre. It seemed hyperbole then, and a deflection of his own shortcomings. And, yet, perhaps the Portuguese was right – not necessarily about it being one of the best jobs of his career; winning the Champions League with Porto, or the treble with Inter or conceding barely a goal with Chelsea in their first title-winning season under the Portuguese would constitute that.

However, there have been movements behind the scenes at United ahead of the appointment of Erik ten Hag that suggest an admission that something was in fact “going on behind the scenes”.

The club’s chief strategy officer, Hemen Tseayo, left the club on Tuesday, and, in doing so, joined Matt Judge, director of football negotiations, Jim Lawlor, chief scout, and Marcel Bout, head of global scouting in leaving the backroom structure as new CEO Richard Arnold looks to stamp his authority on the club.

A successful club needs a streamlined, well-oiled operation at the boardroom level. Manchester City have it, Liverpool have it and so too do, to a lesser extent, Real Madrid. PSG and United do not while the jury is still out on Barcelona given their recent upheaval.

If United can get the behind-the-scenes stuff right, then they will once again become a force to be reckoned with.

IN THE CHANNELS

Decent patter here from Danny Welbeck.

COMING UP

A serious selection of Premier League football. Leeds v Chelsea, Watford v Everton and Wolves v Man City.

Andi Thomas will be here tomorrow to pick through that.

Transfers

Haaland transfer confirmed with forward to join Manchester City, Dortmund to sign Adeyemi

A DAY AGO

Transfers

Guardiola refuses to talk about Haaland transfer until deal ‘completely done’

YESTERDAY AT 13:52

City and Guardiola bet it all on Haaland – The Warm-Up

Wednesday’s big stories

Haaland represents a huge risk for Guardiola

Erling Haaland’s goalscoring record indicates that he is a near-guarantee of goals. Since his debut, he has scored 154 in 199 games. And, yet, his signing constitutes a sizable risk for Manchester City and, most notably, Pep Guardiola.

Premier League

‘He’s a real beast’ – Klopp believes Haaland is a ‘really good signing’ for City

5 HOURS AGO

The reason is two-fold. Firstly, and most crucially, for his acquisition to be deemed a true success, City must win the Champions League. Secondly, stylistically, he does not fit this Manchester City team in its current possession-first guise.

The Catalan has built his managerial career and success on ball possession. It has served him well. He has won everything – but last won Europe’s premier trophy in 2011.

Haaland, as a truly elite goalscorer, has shown a laser-like focus on hitting the back of the net, and little interest in playmaking. That is fine as, to state the obvious, he is a striker, whose primary job is to score goals. However, Guardiola has never seen that role’s sole purpose as just that. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero provide evidence of this fact.

So, why sign Haaland?

It looks like City are about to win the league for the fourth time in five years, but have, by their standards, struggled in cup competitions. They reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and FA Cup, and the fourth round of the League Cup. Thus, the following conclusion can be drawn: over the course of the season, City’s pure weight of talent pays dividends in the league.

Guardiola’s cabal of midfield passers bludgeons a league into submission, but cup competitions – read the Champions League – are slightly different. One game of missed gilt-edged chances – say against Real Madrid in a first-leg semi-final at the Etihad – can – and this season did – prove fatal to City’s, and, more pertinently, Guardiola’s hopes of finally getting their hands on that Champions League trophy.

And, thus, like Sir Alex Ferguson did before him with Juan Sebastian Veron, Guardiola has bet the house on a player who is not necessarily suited to his style of play, but whose excellence could see City extend their domestic dominance to Europe.

However, for this to happen either City – read Guardiola – or Haaland need to adapt. It represents a huge risk.

Give the Ballon d’Or to the excellent, incomparable Sadio Mane

City, as stated above, will more than likely make it four league wins in five seasons. And, yet, if they don’t, Sadio Mane will have played a central and crucial role in wrestling that title from the Etihad club.

He was at it again on Tuesday night, craning his head back to arrow a Luis Diaz centre past Emi Martinez in Aston Villa’s goal to secure the comeback 2-1 win that draws them level with Manchester City at the top of the table having played a game more.

Mane has been nothing short of inspirational since he helped guide Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations success in February. And come May 28 Mane could have won the Africa Cup of Nations, the League Cup, the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Champions League.

Being in that position in May, and having contributed to it so vastly, makes Mane the standout candidate for the Ballon d’Or this.

‘It was massive’ – Klopp on win over Villa as Premier League title race intensifies

Manchester United finally listen to Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho said the below in 2019 after taking Manchester United to second in the Premier League the previous season.

“If I tell you, for example, that I consider one of the best jobs of my career was to finish second with Man United in the Premier League, you will say, ‘this guy is crazy,'” Mourinho said.

“I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”

It was a classic from the Mourinho genre. It seemed hyperbole then, and a deflection of his own shortcomings. And, yet, perhaps the Portuguese was right – not necessarily about it being one of the best jobs of his career; winning the Champions League with Porto, or the treble with Inter or conceding barely a goal with Chelsea in their first title-winning season under the Portuguese would constitute that.

However, there have been movements behind the scenes at United ahead of the appointment of Erik ten Hag that suggest an admission that something was in fact “going on behind the scenes”.

The club’s chief strategy officer, Hemen Tseayo, left the club on Tuesday, and, in doing so, joined Matt Judge, director of football negotiations, Jim Lawlor, chief scout, and Marcel Bout, head of global scouting in leaving the backroom structure as new CEO Richard Arnold looks to stamp his authority on the club.

A successful club needs a streamlined, well-oiled operation at the boardroom level. Manchester City have it, Liverpool have it and so too do, to a lesser extent, Real Madrid. PSG and United do not while the jury is still out on Barcelona given their recent upheaval.

If United can get the behind-the-scenes stuff right, then they will once again become a force to be reckoned with.

IN THE CHANNELS

Decent patter here from Danny Welbeck.

COMING UP

A serious selection of Premier League football. Leeds v Chelsea, Watford v Everton and Wolves v Man City.

Andi Thomas will be here tomorrow to pick through that.

Transfers

Haaland transfer confirmed with forward to join Manchester City, Dortmund to sign Adeyemi

A DAY AGO

Transfers

Guardiola refuses to talk about Haaland transfer until deal ‘completely done’

YESTERDAY AT 13:52

City and Guardiola bet it all on Haaland – The Warm-Up

Wednesday’s big stories

Haaland represents a huge risk for Guardiola

Erling Haaland’s goalscoring record indicates that he is a near-guarantee of goals. Since his debut, he has scored 154 in 199 games. And, yet, his signing constitutes a sizable risk for Manchester City and, most notably, Pep Guardiola.

Premier League

‘He’s a real beast’ – Klopp believes Haaland is a ‘really good signing’ for City

8 HOURS AGO

The reason is two-fold. Firstly, and most crucially, for his acquisition to be deemed a true success, City must win the Champions League. Secondly, stylistically, he does not fit this Manchester City team in its current possession-first guise.

The Catalan has built his managerial career and success on ball possession. It has served him well. He has won everything – but last won Europe’s premier trophy in 2011.

Haaland, as a truly elite goalscorer, has shown a laser-like focus on hitting the back of the net, and little interest in playmaking. That is fine as, to state the obvious, he is a striker, whose primary job is to score goals. However, Guardiola has never seen that role’s sole purpose as just that. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero provide evidence of this fact.

So, why sign Haaland?

It looks like City are about to win the league for the fourth time in five years, but have, by their standards, struggled in cup competitions. They reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and FA Cup, and the fourth round of the League Cup. Thus, the following conclusion can be drawn: over the course of the season, City’s pure weight of talent pays dividends in the league.

Guardiola’s cabal of midfield passers bludgeons a league into submission, but cup competitions – read the Champions League – are slightly different. One game of missed gilt-edged chances – say against Real Madrid in a first-leg semi-final at the Etihad – can – and this season did – prove fatal to City’s, and, more pertinently, Guardiola’s hopes of finally getting their hands on that Champions League trophy.

And, thus, like Sir Alex Ferguson did before him with Juan Sebastian Veron, Guardiola has bet the house on a player who is not necessarily suited to his style of play, but whose excellence could see City extend their domestic dominance to Europe.

However, for this to happen either City – read Guardiola – or Haaland need to adapt. It represents a huge risk.

Give the Ballon d’Or to the excellent, incomparable Sadio Mane

City, as stated above, will more than likely make it four league wins in five seasons. And, yet, if they don’t, Sadio Mane will have played a central and crucial role in wrestling that title from the Etihad club.

He was at it again on Tuesday night, craning his head back to arrow a Luis Diaz centre past Emi Martinez in Aston Villa’s goal to secure the comeback 2-1 win that draws them level with Manchester City at the top of the table having played a game more.

Mane has been nothing short of inspirational since he helped guide Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations success in February. And come May 28 Mane could have won the Africa Cup of Nations, the League Cup, the FA Cup, the Premier League and the Champions League.

Being in that position in May, and having contributed to it so vastly, makes Mane the standout candidate for the Ballon d’Or this.

‘It was massive’ – Klopp on win over Villa as Premier League title race intensifies

Manchester United finally listen to Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho said the below in 2019 after taking Manchester United to second in the Premier League the previous season.

“If I tell you, for example, that I consider one of the best jobs of my career was to finish second with Man United in the Premier League, you will say, ‘this guy is crazy,'” Mourinho said.

“I keep saying this because people don’t know what is going on behind the scenes.”

It was a classic from the Mourinho genre. It seemed hyperbole then, and a deflection of his own shortcomings. And, yet, perhaps the Portuguese was right – not necessarily about it being one of the best jobs of his career; winning the Champions League with Porto, or the treble with Inter or conceding barely a goal with Chelsea in their first title-winning season under the Portuguese would constitute that.

However, there have been movements behind the scenes at United ahead of the appointment of Erik ten Hag that suggest an admission that something was in fact “going on behind the scenes”.

The club’s chief strategy officer, Hemen Tseayo, left the club on Tuesday, and, in doing so, joined Matt Judge, director of football negotiations, Jim Lawlor, chief scout, and Marcel Bout, head of global scouting in leaving the backroom structure as new CEO Richard Arnold looks to stamp his authority on the club.

A successful club needs a streamlined, well-oiled operation at the boardroom level. Manchester City have it, Liverpool have it and so too do, to a lesser extent, Real Madrid. PSG and United do not while the jury is still out on Barcelona given their recent upheaval.

If United can get the behind-the-scenes stuff right, then they will once again become a force to be reckoned with.

IN THE CHANNELS

Decent patter here from Danny Welbeck.

COMING UP

A serious selection of Premier League football. Leeds v Chelsea, Watford v Everton and Wolves v Man City.

Andi Thomas will be here tomorrow to pick through that.

Transfers

Haaland transfer confirmed with forward to join Manchester City, Dortmund to sign Adeyemi

YESTERDAY AT 14:35

Transfers

Guardiola refuses to talk about Haaland transfer until deal ‘completely done’

YESTERDAY AT 13:52

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Coady nets late goal to secure draw for Wolves at Chelsea in front of Todd Boehly

Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead in front of prospective new owner Todd Boehly as Wolves rescued a point with the last effort of the game as Conor Coady’s header kept their European dreams alive.

The first half ended goalless but both sides had chances. Chelsea had the ball in the net twice but Timo Werner was adjudged to have fouled Romain Saiss before he scored. This was then followed by Ruben Loftus-Cheek tapping home from a corner but VAR had a look and gave it as offside after it came off Romelu Lukaku.

After the break, Thomas Tuchel’s side briefly improved and were awarded with a penalty after Saiss was deemed to have tripped Lukaku in the box. The Belgian stepped up and scored to put the hosts ahead with his first league goal since December.

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AN HOUR AGO

Chelsea then doubled their lead as Lukaku netted a brace, bending a great strike past Jose Sa after Wolves sloppily gave the ball away.

Wolves substitute Trincao scored a fantastic goal to make the ending of the game frantic as Chelsea became increasingly nervous.

Then, right at the death, substitute Chiquinho whipped an inch-perfect ball in that found Coady to head home – sparking jubilant scenes in front of the travelling supporters.

The draw leaves Arsenal just four points behind Chelsea who remain third.

TALKING POINT – CAN WOLVES GET IN EUROPE?

You may think Chelsea were unlucky to come away with a point but it was a fair reflection of the game. They were slow and lacked cutting edge in the first half. After half time, Chelsea did improve and Lukaku was at his best dragging his side two goals ahead. Wolves looked down and out but three substitutes inspired a sensational comeback. They had created a plethora of chances on the day, probably more and higher quality opportunities than Chelsea. A bit of magic from Trincao gave them hope then Chiquinho, who was a bundle of energy down the right swung in a perfect cross for the winner.

They didn’t know when they were beaten and now find themselves just two points behind West Ham in seventh as both battle for a Europa Conference League place. The Hammers have no room for error as they look to bounce back from their European heartbreak against Eintracht Frankfurt when they play Norwich on Sunday.

MAN OF THE MATCH – CHIQUINHO (WOLVES)

It’s rare a man of the match award goes to someone who has only played 20 minutes but the 22-year-old was simply brilliant when he came on. He got both assists as Chelsea struggled to deal with him down the right-hand side. His cross in the dying moments provided Wolves with the bit of end product they were crying out for all game.

PLAYER RATINGS
Chelsea: Mendy 6, Azpilicueta 5, Thiago Silva 6, Rudiger 6, James 5, Kovacic 8, Loftus-Cheek 6, Alonso 6, Pulisic 6, Werner 6, Lukaku 8. Subs: Saul 5, Sarr 5, Havertz 6.

Wolves: Sa 7, Boly 6, Coady 8, Saiss 5, Johnny 6, Dendoncker 6, Neves 6, Moutinho 6, Ait-Nouri 6, Neto 6, Jimenez 6. Subs: Hwang 7, Chiquinho 9*, Trincao 8.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

56’ – GOAL (Lukaku) – Lukaku steps up and sends Sa the wrong way. Big goal for Chelsea and his confidence.

58’ – GOAL (Lukaku) – What a goal – Lukaku at his best. Sloppy from Wolves as Coady’s pass hits Moutinho and falls to Kovacic who slides the ball into Lukaku’s feet. He turns and bends one around Sa.

79′ GOAL (Trincao) – Brilliance from Trincao who has only just come on. He drives at Rudiger, cuts in on his left and fires it past Mendy – he stood no chance.

90+7′ GOAL (Coady) – Wow! They have equalised and it’s the captain Conor Coady. He gets his head on it as Chiquinho whips a great ball in – everyone is forward for Wolves and they earn a dramatic point.

KEY STAT

With his brace against Wolves, Lukaku is now Chelsea’s outright top goalscorer in all competitions this season with 14 goals. There were just 138 seconds between his first and second goals.

Premier League

Chelsea agree sale with LA Dodgers’ Boehly

YESTERDAY AT 07:30

Premier League

Abramovich denies hiking asking price of Chelsea and for £1.5 billion loan to be repaid

05/05/2022 AT 17:20

Coady nets late goal to secure draw for Wolves at Chelsea in front of Todd Boehly

Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead in front of prospective new owner Todd Boehly as Wolves rescued a point with the last effort of the game as Conor Coady’s header kept their European dreams alive.

The first half ended goalless but both sides had chances. Chelsea had the ball in the net twice but Timo Werner was adjudged to have fouled Romain Saiss before he scored. This was then followed by Ruben Loftus-Cheek tapping home from a corner but VAR had a look and gave it as offside after it came off Romelu Lukaku.

After the break, Thomas Tuchel’s side briefly improved and were awarded with a penalty after Saiss was deemed to have tripped Lukaku in the box. The Belgian stepped up and scored to put the hosts ahead with his first league goal since December.

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Chelsea then doubled their lead as Lukaku netted a brace, bending a great strike past Jose Sa after Wolves sloppily gave the ball away.

Wolves substitute Trincao scored a fantastic goal to make the ending of the game frantic as Chelsea became increasingly nervous.

Then, right at the death, substitute Chiquinho whipped an inch-perfect ball in that found Coady to head home – sparking jubilant scenes in front of the travelling supporters.

The draw leaves Arsenal just four points behind Chelsea who remain third.

TALKING POINT – CAN WOLVES GET IN EUROPE?

You may think Chelsea were unlucky to come away with a point but it was a fair reflection of the game. They were slow and lacked cutting edge in the first half. After half time, Chelsea did improve and Lukaku was at his best dragging his side two goals ahead. Wolves looked down and out but three substitutes inspired a sensational comeback. They had created a plethora of chances on the day, probably more and higher quality opportunities than Chelsea. A bit of magic from Trincao gave them hope then Chiquinho, who was a bundle of energy down the right swung in a perfect cross for the winner.

They didn’t know when they were beaten and now find themselves just two points behind West Ham in seventh as both battle for a Europa Conference League place. The Hammers have no room for error as they look to bounce back from their European heartbreak against Eintracht Frankfurt when they play Norwich on Sunday.

MAN OF THE MATCH – CHIQUINHO (WOLVES)

It’s rare a man of the match award goes to someone who has only played 20 minutes but the 22-year-old was simply brilliant when he came on. He got both assists as Chelsea struggled to deal with him down the right-hand side. His cross in the dying moments provided Wolves with the bit of end product they were crying out for all game.

PLAYER RATINGS
Chelsea: Mendy 6, Azpilicueta 5, Thiago Silva 6, Rudiger 6, James 5, Kovacic 8, Loftus-Cheek 6, Alonso 6, Pulisic 6, Werner 6, Lukaku 8. Subs: Saul 5, Sarr 5, Havertz 6.

Wolves: Sa 7, Boly 6, Coady 8, Saiss 5, Johnny 6, Dendoncker 6, Neves 6, Moutinho 6, Ait-Nouri 6, Neto 6, Jimenez 6. Subs: Hwang 7, Chiquinho 9*, Trincao 8.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

56’ – GOAL (Lukaku) – Lukaku steps up and sends Sa the wrong way. Big goal for Chelsea and his confidence.

58’ – GOAL (Lukaku) – What a goal – Lukaku at his best. Sloppy from Wolves as Coady’s pass hits Moutinho and falls to Kovacic who slides the ball into Lukaku’s feet. He turns and bends one around Sa.

79′ GOAL (Trincao) – Brilliance from Trincao who has only just come on. He drives at Rudiger, cuts in on his left and fires it past Mendy – he stood no chance.

90+7′ GOAL (Coady) – Wow! They have equalised and it’s the captain Conor Coady. He gets his head on it as Chiquinho whips a great ball in – everyone is forward for Wolves and they earn a dramatic point.

KEY STAT

With his brace against Wolves, Lukaku is now Chelsea’s outright top goalscorer in all competitions this season with 14 goals. There were just 138 seconds between his first and second goals.

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05/05/2022 AT 17:20