Tuchel’s Chelsea era starts with a draw

Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea ended in a draw, as the Blues struggled to breach a sturdy Wolves defence at Stamford Bridge. The new Chelsea Head Coach played with a three at the back, and named experienced players in his starting lineup to face Wolves.

Chelsea settled into their rhythm fairly quickly and controlled the game right from the beginning. Giroud had an early chance to give Chelsea the lead, but the France international was inches away from poking Hudson-Odoi’s delightful cross at the near post.

The Blues dominated possession and looked lively with Hudson-Odoi’s runs from the flank, but couldn’t test Patricio for most parts of the half. Rudiger produced a decent stop from the goalkeeper in the 39th minute after heading Ziyech’s cross into the bottom-right corner.

Chelsea headed into the break with 79% possession, but had nothing to show for it in terms of attempts or goals. Wolves on the other hand were content to sit deep in their half, and didn’t register a single shot on target.

The second half started with the same blueprint as the first, with Chelsea asserting complete control over the game and Wolves waiting for a set-piece or counter-attacking opportunity. Chilwell missed a half-chance to test Patricio after blasting his effort well over the bar from 8 yards out.

Hudson-Odoi, who was the best player on the pitch for Chelsea, produced a diving stop from Patricio in the 86th minute to deny Blues their opening goal. Havertz thought he had won the game for Chelsea in the final minute of stoppage time, as his header from a corner looked destined to nestle in the bottom-left corner. However, Willian Jose got in the way with a crucial block to ensure the spoils were shared between the teams.

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