Wolverhampton Wanderers earned their first win since September as a gutsy second-half performance saw them beat Chelsea 2-1 at Molineux.
Wolves were forced to come from behind early on after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot, which found the head of home captain Conor Coady, left home goalkeeper Rui Patricio wrong-footed.
Two goals in quick succession midway through the second half from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota saw Nuno Espirito Santo’s side record their first victory over the Blues since January 2011.
Maurizio Sarri made five changes to his starting line-up which saw Andreas Christensen, Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas all make their first starts of the season, changes that proved to be too much of a gamble.
Here are how the Blues’ players rated on a night they will certainly want to forget as soon as possible.
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga
The Spanish goalkeeper was hardly tested and was beaten with the only two real chances he had to face. 6
Right-back: Cesar Azpilicueta
Wolves’ formation, which saw them operate Matt Doherty and Ruben Vinagre as wing-backs, forced the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta to adapt. Despite Vinagre’s natural flair and technical qualities, Azpilicueta was able to limit the Portuguese teenager’s influence. 7
Centre-back: Antonio Rudiger
Antonio Rudiger was forced to make a couple of decisive blocks in the first half to cope with the hosts’ fluid three-man attack, but he struggled against Nuno Espirito Santo’s revitalised home side after the restart. 6
Centre-back: Andreas Christensen
Contested in a battle with striker Jimenez, Danish defender Andreas Christensen made his first league appearance of the campaign. On the ball, he looked composed, but he was unable to prevent Jimenez from levelling match in the second half and his lazy pass also led to Jota’s goal four minutes later 6
Left-back: Marcos Alonso
As ever, Marcos Alonso’s crossing created some causes for concern for the hosts, but he was unable to create much in the terms of clear-cut chances. 6
Centre-midfield: N’Golo Kante
The Frenchman drove forward at times but lacked the final ball when needed inside the opening minutes. 6
Centre-midfield: Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas naturally drifted further forward than Maurizio Sarri would have wanted him to, leaving gaps in midfield during crucial moments. 6
Centre-midfield: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
His early effort from distance led to the Blues’ opening goal, but a lapse in concentration proved costly when Jota put Wolves ahead.
His dribbling ability proved effective at times and his free-kick in the first half forced a superb stop out of Patricio. 6
Striker: Alvaro Morata
The Spanish striker’s lack of confidence once again got the better of him, as his failure to make the most of missed chances proved to be costly for the Blues. 5
Left-wing: Eden Hazard
His knack of attempting audaciously creative back-heels and flicks has often seen him get mixed success in the past, but in the West Midlands, they worked superbly. He also teed up Loftus-Cheek for the shot which led to the goal and his pace and dribbling credentials made him untouchable at times. 8
Despite his recent run of form, Pedro proved to be ineffective after coming on. 5
Substitute: Olivier Giroud
The World Cup winner’s most notable action of the match saw him get booked. 5
Substitute: Mateo Kovacic
On-loan Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic showed a willingness to make something happen in midfield after replacing Kante, but the 2018 World Cup finalist was unable to create anything of any real significance. 6