Chelsea manager Frank Lampard should shoulder a part of the blame for late decisions during the 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday.
The visitors did not perform as well as expected — very few could argue against that.
But no one expected that they would be at their best week in and week out. Even the more established teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City are struggling with consistency.
Getting away with occasional poor performances and still grinding the results is what makes champions, champions.
Chelsea did not have that have mentality at Molineux Stadium and paid the price.
Olivier Giroud’s left-footed volley gave Chelsea the lead just four minutes into the second-half.
It was Chelsea’s first shot on target in that game — which shows how difficult it was for them to break down Wolves’ defence — but it could have been the match-winning goal had Chelsea been more pragmatic.
Lampard’s late changes and lack of pragmatism
Taking off Kai Havertz who clearly had a bad evening or even changing the team shape by introducing an extra defender in Antonio Rudiger or Cesar Azpilicueta would have really helped Chelsea defensively.
But Lampard did not pull the trigger until Wolves scored the equaliser in the 66th minute and made a couple of changes.
Then there the contrasting opinions on Chelsea’s pushing for the win after Daniel Podence’s goal.
Frank Leboeuf made a solid point, saying Chelsea had a bad day and should have taken the draw, packed it up, and gone home with a point (ESPN FC).
But after the disappointing loss against Everton, at least you could see why Chelsea really wanted to win, although it eventually backfired and led to Wolves’ second goal.
Time for Chelsea to learn about winning ‘ugly’?
Since Lampard took charge, Chelsea have had just two 1-0 wins in the Premier League (both were in last season).
This Chelsea side always seem to be looking for the second goal to kill the game off — which is a suitable mentality for a team full of attacking talents.
But there are times when keeping the one-goal lead at all costs should be the priority.