In a surprising turn of events at Stamford Bridge, Wolverhampton Wanderers secured a remarkable 4-2 victory over Chelsea, heaping further pressure on Blues’ manager Mauricio Pochettino. The defeat follows Chelsea’s humbling at Anfield by Liverpool earlier in the week, making it a challenging period for Pochettino’s squad.
The star of the show was Matheus Cunha, who delivered an outstanding hat-trick, leading Wolves to a memorable win and completing their first Premier League double over Chelsea since the 1974-75 season. The Brazilian’s impressive performance left Chelsea struggling and intensified scrutiny on Pochettino’s managerial position.
The match saw a seesaw battle as Cole Palmer initially gave Chelsea the lead with his 10th Premier League goal of the season. However, Wolves quickly responded, with Cunha’s deflected effort and Axel Disasi’s own goal overturning Chelsea’s advantage by halftime.
Despite Chelsea’s promising start in the second half, with Raheem Sterling missing a crucial chance to equalize, Cunha further widened the gap with another goal after excellent teamwork with Pedro Neto. Cunha completed his hat-trick late in the game, winning and converting a penalty after a challenge from Malo Gusto.
Thiago Silva managed a late consolation goal for Chelsea, but it wasn’t enough to alter the outcome. The result saw Wolves surpass Chelsea in the standings, claiming 10th place and marking their first victory at Stamford Bridge since 1979.
The consecutive games in which Chelsea conceded four goals raise concerns for Pochettino, as the team now sits in 11th place in the Premier League table.
While the Blues have shown glimpses of potential under Pochettino, the lack of consistency is a glaring issue that needs swift addressing, especially with challenging fixtures against Aston Villa and Manchester City looming. Pochettino must quickly find a winning formula to revive Chelsea’s fortunes.
Matheus Cunha, the Brazilian maestro, played a pivotal role in Wolves’ historic away victory. Operating alongside Pablo Sarabia and Pedro Neto in a dynamic front three, Cunha showcased his versatility by finishing two goals with finesse and demonstrating intelligence to win a penalty for his well-deserved hat-trick. With nine goals already this season, Cunha has become a vital asset in Gary O’Neil’s system, elevating Wolves’ standing in the league.