After an unbeaten run in all competitions stretching well over two months, Chelsea’s gathering momentum dissipated at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Beaten by a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty in a game of fine margins, the Blues were given a sharp reality check. “It’s a long season,” said Frank Lampard afterwards. “Some people who are talking about us winning the league, saying we’ve got the best squad in the league, it’s ridiculous stuff.
“When you talk about the best squads, you have to look at the teams that have won it in the last two, three, four years.”
Even as he tries to manage expectations, Lampard will be desperate for his side to bounce back against Wolves at Molineux this evening. He can take some encouragement from last season, where he got the better of Nuno Espirito Santo home and away.
Currently 13th in the table but only five points behind Chelsea in fifth, Wolves suffered a narrow defeat of their own at the weekend against Aston Villa. They have struggled going forwards in the absence of Raul Jimenez – who suffered a fractured skull during their 2-1 win against Arsenal last month – failing to score in their last two games.
Wolves still represent organised and dynamic opponents, however, and Chelsea will need to perform better than they did against Everton to come away with a win.
“The Premier League is unforgiving, we saw that with different results over the weekend and we see it pretty much every weekend and matchday,” Lampard said in his pre-match press conference.
“We weren’t at our top level on Saturday and we got beaten. That’s it. We’ve been on a long unbeaten run, playing some really good football as well as winning games. We dropped our level for a game. That’s absolutely on us to pick it up again straightaway.”