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Chelsea 1-1 Wolves: Hazard scores at stoppage time to rescue a point for Sarri’s men

When you have only 10 matches to play, every match you are not able to win is a missed opportunity,’ sighed Sarri, having seen his side dominate possession to the tune of 76 percent, force 13 corners and pepper Rui Patricio’s goal with 22 shots.

‘We made a lot of mistakes but we deserved to win. On the other hand, we need to improve with our attacking. We needed to move the ball faster, we needed more movements without the ball, more movements into space, behind the line.’

Chelsea were at times ponderous and unimaginative in their approach play, unable to pierce a well-organised defence which was protected by a deep midfield, until Sarri cut loose from his tactical shackles for the first time.

MATCH FACTS AND STATS

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa 6; Azpilicueta 6, Luiz 6, Rudiger 6.5, Emerson 6; Kante 6, Jorginho 5 (Willian 71′, 5), Kovacic 5(Loftus-Cheek 56′, 6); Pedro 5.5(Hudson-Odoi 61′, 5), Higuain 5, Hazard 6.5 

Subs not used: Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen

Booked: Rudiger

Goal: Hazard 90+2 

Manager: Maurizio Sarri 

WOLVES (3-5-2): Rui Patricio 7; Saiss 7, Coady 7.5, Boly 8; Doherty 6.5, Dendoncker 7, Neves 6.5, Moutinho 6.5, Jonny 6; Jimenez 6.5 (Traore 88′), Jota 6 (Gibbs-White 81′) 

Subs not used: Cavaleiro, Helder Costa, Ruddy, Vinagre, Kilman

Booked: Doherty, Boly, Saiss

Goal: Jiminez 55 

Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo

Referee: Michael Oliver

Att: 40,692

MOM: Hazard

Ten minutes into the second half and Jimenez fired them ahead with an untidy finish to complete a clinical counter-attack.

Jimenez and Diogo Jota traded passes as they sliced through Chelsea and Cesar Azpilicueta recovered just in time to slide in and deflect the Mexican’s shot past goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Higuain, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek and Willian forced Patricio into late saves before Hazard stepped up, better late than never as far as Chelsea were concerned.

‘A great player who can solve the situation in any moment,’ said Sarri. 

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