Joe Cole says Chelsea looked 'leggy and 'jaded' in Wolves defeat

Chelsea looked ‘leggy and ‘jaded’ as Frank Lampard’s side fell to their second successive Premier League defeat with late 2-1 loss against Wolves, says former Blues star Joe Cole

  • Chelsea suffered a late defeat to Wolves which is their second successive loss 
  • They took the lead through Olivier Giroud, but Wolves responded well after 
  • Joe Cole said his former side looked fatigued as the game progressed on

Joe Cole said Chelsea look fatigued in the second-half of their 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday evening.

The Blues had taken the lead through Olivier Giroud, but lost thanks to goals from Daniel Podence and a stoppage time winner from Pedro Neto.

After an impressive run of form, Chelsea have now lost their last two Premier League games including a 1-0 loss to Everton at the weekend.

Chelsea struggled to deal with an energetic Wolves attack in the second-half of their clash

Pedro Neto scored the winner for the West Midlands side in stoppage time against Chelsea

After the match, BT Sport pundit Joe Cole said that Wolves looked the fitter team as the match reached its final stages.

He said: ‘I think Chelsea when they analyse that second-half will kick themselves. Particularly Neto’s goal because they’ve lost their shape in attack. The game was getting end to end and Wolves looked like they had the fitter, stronger, athletic team.’ 

When asked whether he though Chelsea began to get fatigued he responded: ‘I thought so.  You have to take into consideration they’ve had a fantastic Champions League campaign. 

‘I think Frank might have to look at this and take a view of some players who looked a bit leggy. 

‘Everton was a bump in the road, I think this is a bigger bump in the road. I don’t think it’s one of those you worry too much, but maybe tweak a few players here and there. In this game they looked a bit jaded.’

His co-pundit Paul Scholes added that Chelsea didn’t deserve the game on the balance of play.

Former Chelsea star Joe Cole said that his former side looked ‘jaded’ in comparison to Wolves

The former Manchester United man said: ‘Chelsea as a whole didn’t create enough to win the game to be honest. 

‘(Christian) Pulisic looked good in the first half but then he got tired and you can understand that as he hasn’t played much football. But on the balance of play Wolves probably deserved it with that last 20-30 minutes.’

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