After admitting on the eve of this game that Chelsea are “not able to fight with Manchester City” for the title, Maurizio Sarri will take no pleasure from being proved right little more than 90 minutes later. Looking frustrated and exasperated, the Chelsea manager was forced to endure a second successive away defeat on a night when Wolverhampton Wanderers played with the dynamism, flair and belief that has been so badly missing in recent weeks.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with his sixth goal in his last seven club games, put a much-changed Chelsea side ahead early on but the visitors never built on that platform and it was no real surprise when Wolves brought parity through Raúl Jiménez. Three minutes later they had a second as Diogo Jota, last season’s top scorer, finally opened his Premier League account with a predatory finish to give Wolves their first win in seven matches. As for Chelsea, they are now 10 points behind Manchester City, who visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.