Chelsea’s English Premier League top four credentials stalled as Eden Hazard rescued a point in injury time as The Blues were held by a stern Wolverhampton Wanderers side on Sunday.
After an appeal from the club, FIFA has made the decision to deny Chelsea’s request to freeze their transfer ban.
The Blues record outfield signing put in a match-winning performance whilst out on loan.
Chelsea celebrated their 114th birthday on the day of their 1-1 draw with Wolves while another birthday is marked as a club legend has turned 41.
Chelsea 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
After three consecutive wins in all competitions, The Blues were hoping to continue their run of consistency. That wasn’t to be as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It was a first half of possession for Maurizio Sarri’s side as Wolves failed to register a shot or touch in The Blues box.
Despite their domination, the only decent chance of the half was when Gonzalo Higuain saw his effort from a tight angle saved by Rui Patricio.
Stamford Bridge turned silent in the 56th minute as Raul Jimenez’s deflected effort against the run of play crawled across the line, despite the best efforts of defender Cesar Azpilicueta.
It wasn’t until the second minute of injury time that the blushes were spared, as Eden Hazard managed rescue a point through a brilliant driven shot.
The draw means that Chelsea failed to take the chance to move into the top four and stay sixth, two points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and three off Arsenal in fourth. A game in hand against Brighton & Hove Albion should see The Blues go level on points with The Gunners.
Transfer ban freeze denied
There looks to be somewhat turbulent times ahead for Chelsea, as the South West Londoners were recently banned from registering any new players until January 2020.
Chelsea did lodge a request to have the ban frozen whilst the appeal was investigated but that request was unfortunately denied by FIFA. This means that the transfer ban still stands upon investigation.
A statement from the club read, “Chelsea Football Club is astonished by the FIFA appeal committee’s decision not to suspend its sanction pending completion of the appeal process.
So far as the club is aware, in all previous cases where a registration ban has been imposed by FIFA, a decision has also been made to suspend the sanction until the appeal process has been completed.”
Loanee Pulisic seals win for Dortmund
Appearances have been few and far between for Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea completed the signing of the United States international, which was a club record-signing for an outfield player, but was immediately sent back to The Black and Yellows for the remainder of the season.
In what was his first Bundesliga appearance in five weeks, Pulisic came off the bench late on to make his mark against strugglers VfB Stuttgart.
After Stuttgart levelled with less than 20 minutes left it was the American’s time to shine as he first assisted Paco Alcacer, then sealed the victory as he made it 3-1 in the 90th minute as Dortmund move behind Bayern Munich in the title race on goal difference.
114 years of Chelsea Football Club
The draw against Wolves did not do much to dampen the spirits of the supporters as they recollect the fact that they are part of a huge period of history.
On Sunday, Chelsea celebrated their 114th birthday and there was no better place to mark the occasion than at Stamford Bridge, the home of the club for the entirety of The Blues’ existence.
Several former stars were in attendance, including Didier Drogba and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink, two players who have written their names into the success story of the club over the years.
A Chelsea legend celebrates his 41st birthday
The past week has also seen the club celebrate another birthday as legend Didier Drogba turned 41.
The Ivorian was at The Bridge on Sunday as we celebrated Drogba’s time at the club.
Over the period of nine years, the powerful centre-forward won four English Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the coveted UEFA Champions League as well as scoring 164 goals in the process.
The most memorable moment from Drogba was when he scored the iconic equaliser in the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 2012, a game which The Blues went on to win as they lifted the trophy for the first time in their history.
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